Evening on the Oise, 1863, Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817–1875), oil on canvas
Although he is considered an important member of the Barbizon school, Daubigny seldom went to Barbizon. His home and studio were in the village of Auvers northwest of Paris on the Oise River. On a small houseboat that became his floating studio, he cruised the Seine and the Oise in search of motifs. Daubigny’s habit of working outdoors in order to accurately transcribe effects of light and atmosphere heralded the innovations of the Impressionists, particularly Claude Monet, who admired Daubigny. This canvas was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1866, paired with a similar but contrasting composition titled Morning on the Oise.