Charles-François Daubigny

The life and work of Charles Francois Daubigny (Paris 15-2-1817 – Paris 19-2-1878)

Charles was educated by his father Edmond Francois Daubigny and his uncle Pierre Daubigny. The latter made miniature paintings.

In 1843, Charles left for Barbizon, known for the Barbizon school, where he started to paint from the realities of nature, without excessive decoration. The beginning of impressionism.

From 1852 onwards, Charles Daubigny sailed along the banks of the Seine and the Oise near Auvers in his boat called “Botin”, which had been converted into a studio.

Foreign travels of Charles

In the period 1866 – 1870, Charles stayed in England, London and the Netherlands. He travelled together with his son Karl Daubigny (Paris 1846 – Auvers 1886) and Claude Monet. Claude, like Paul Cezanne, learned much from Charles.

From 1838, Charles exhibited regularly in the Paris Salon where he received recognition in 1853 with a gold medal for his work “La Moisson”. From 1868 he became a juror himself and admitted Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro with their works.

Vincent van Gogh & Charles Daubigny

Vincent van Gogh was a great admirer of Charles’ works and learned a lot from him.

After hearing about Daubigny’s death, van Gogh wrote in a letter:

“It must be truly good, when one dies, to be conscious of having done a thing or two in truth, knowing that as a result one will continue to live in the memory of at least a few, and having left a good example to those who follow. If others appear later, they can do no better than to follow in the footsteps of such predecessors and to do it the same way.”

A masterpiece of Charles Daubigny on your wall?

Would you like one of the masterpieces of Daubigny on your wall? Have a look at his paintings and choose your favorite painting in your own desired size.