Charles François Daubigny is a central figure in the development of 19th-century French landscape painting. He routinely painted outdoors to directly capture qualities of light and atmosphere, launched a floating studio on French waterways that fundamentally changed the way artists could frame their compositions, introduced the subject of spring orchards, and exhibited sketch-like works that critics assailed as “mere impressions.” Daubigny became a mentor, colleague, and friend to the Impressionists.
Of the 55 paintings, 40 masterpieces by Daubigny will showcase the full range of the artist’s achievements through four decades. A selection of 15 Impressionist and Post- Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and Camille Pissarro reveal Daubigny’s influence.
The exhibition is organized by the Taft Museum of Art in partnership with the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and will travel to these two European museums after premiering at the Taft.
Due to the works of art being on loan, photography of the special exhibition is not allowed.
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This exhibition has been organized by the Taft Museum of Art, the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Bernard Selz Foundation
Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.
Rosemary and Frank Bloom
Shannon and Lee Carter
Linda and Harry Fath
Tim Goldsmith and Mindy Hastie
Lynne Meyers Gordon
Kate and Gerry Greene
Debbie and Bruce Long
We also thank the following for their generous financial support:
Betsy and Paul Sittenfeld, Susan and Steve Black, Deborah and Paul Chellgren, Debra and David Hausrath, Kristin and Carl Kalnow, Susan and John Tew, Jane and Jon Votel, John Gunnison-Wiseman, Sylvia and Arnold Ambrosini, Certain Teed Gypsum, Docents of the Taft Museum of Art, Gerald T. and Ann Silvers, Thomas Colville, Barbara and Dr. Kenneth Kreines, Schiller and Bodo European Paintings, Lynne and Steve Vollmer, Ann and Stephen Bjornson, Libby and Kevin Ott, Dr. Diane Babcock, Diane and Bill Carney, Wm. Joel McCray, Andy and Deborah Emont Scott, Sotheby’s, Carolyn and Lowell McCoy, Amy and Scot Perlman, Lynne Ambrosini, and several supporters who wish to remain anonymous. Additional support came from numerous generous friends of the Taft.
Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment
Ohio Arts Council
Daubigny’s Studio Boat: Life on the Seine
January 15 — July 3, 2016
In conjunction with the landmark exhibition Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape, the Taft Museum of Art is pleased to present Daubigny‘s Studio Boat: Life on the Seine, a series of Daubigny’s etchings on loan from the collection of Sallie R. Wadsworth.
Rivers take center stage in many of Daubigny’s landscape paintings. In 1857, the French artist purchased a 28-foot ferry boat and converted it into a studio and houseboat from which he could observe and paint the river both day and night. Daubigny kept a visual diary of ink and wash drawings of daily life on the studio boat for his friends and family to enjoy. He published a selection of these drawings as etchings in 1862.
This exhibition features all 15 etchings, which reveal the rustic and informal life on his boat. Scenes of fishing, cooking, sleeping, and painting are infused with humor and charm, and suggests aspects of Daubigny’s private life and personality.