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Title Les Laveuses
Alternative Title Scene, Valley of the River Oise
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist Daubigny, Charles François (French landscapist, 1817-1878)
Date 1873
Signed yes
Description Daubigny was one of the first plein-air painters to complete sizeable canvases directly from nature. As he progressed in this open-air technique, his brushwork became increasingly direct, rapid and free. Les Laveuses is representative of Daubigny's best such work, giving the impression of capturing the scene at the moment that Daubigny saw it. The subtle harmony in grey and green and the horizontals of the hills, banks and line of storm clouds all help to establish the dominant restful mood and pervading air of quiet. A massive area of cloudy sky looms over the river running from the left foreground and receding towards bushy area in the background.
Current Accession Number ABDAG003149
Former Accession Number 58.18
Inscription front lr 'Daubigny'
Subject landscape; everyday life; figure
Measurements 36.0 x 59.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased 1958 with income from the Webster Bequest.
Provenance Sir Eastman Bell sale, Christie's, London, 22 February 1957.
Principal Exhibitions Paris Salon, 1873; Vienna, 1873; Daubigny 1817-1878, Hazlitt Gallery, London, 1959, cat. no. 14, as Scene, Valley of the River Oise.
Publications Hellenbranth, R., Charles-Francois Daubigny, Paris, 1976, vol. 1, p. 123, cat. no. 373.

As one of the Barbizon School of artists, Charles Daubigny is today regarded as second only to Theodore Rousseau in importance. Daubigny's childhood was spent in the village of Valmondois, near Paris, and this established in him a close affinity with the river Oise and its banks. He later anticipated Monet in having a small boat fitted out as a floating studio. In it he sailed up and down the Oise, the Loire and the Seine, painting the riverside scenes that so appealed to him.

Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville



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