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A River Landscape with Storks

Charles-François Daubigny (French, Paris 1817–1878 Paris)

Oil on wood
9 1/2 x 17 5/8 in. (24.1 x 44.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
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  • Gallery Label

    The site of this river landscape has not yet been identified. It may have been painted near Auvers from the artist's floating studio or during a trip to northeast France that Daubigny made on his boat after mid-summer 1864.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): Daubigny 1864

  • Provenance

    William Schaus, New York (until d. 1892; his estate 1892–96; his estate sale, American Art Association, New York, February 28, 1896, no. 7, as "Landscape, with Stork," for $4,200, to Farrington); J. C. Farrington (from 1896); Mrs. S. D. Warren, Boston (until 1903; her estate sale, American Art Association, New York, January 8–9, no. 69, for $9,700, to Knoedler for Altman); Benjamin Altman, New York (1903–d. 1913)

  • Exhibition History

    Bristol Art Museum. August 1–22, 1964, no catalogue?

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Barbizon: French Landscapes of the Nineteenth Century," February 4–May 10, 1992, no catalogue.

    Albany. New York State Museum. "French Painters of Nature; The Barbizon School: Landscapes from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 22–August 22, 2004, no catalogue.

  • References

    B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "Modern Paintings in the Altman Bequest." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 9 (December 1914), pp. 253, 255, ill.

    Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, p. 97, ill., remark that this is one of Daubigny's finer landscapes, noting that the "spontaneity of touch resembles the work of Jongkind, and the liveliness of its tone recalls the style of Diaz".

    Robert Hellebranth. Charles-François Daubigny, 1817–1878. Morges, Switzerland, 1976, p. 153, no. 474, ill., as "Paysage avec des cigognes".

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