Charles-François Daubigny (French, Paris 1817–1878 Paris)
Oil on wood
8 1/4 x 15 in. (21 x 38.1 cm)
Gift of Mary V. T. Eberstadt, 1964
Not on view
This study depicts Valmondois, a village on the Oise River not far from Daubigny's home in Auvers. The key to the location is the sand pit and the barges in the middle distance; they appear in several of the Valmondois studies, of which the present picture is the earliest example.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Daubigny 1863
[Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, until 1899; sold on December 21, for Fr 14,000, to Boussod, Valadon]; [Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Paris, 1899–1902; stock no. 26290; sold on February 2, 1902, for Fr 16,275, to van Eeghen]; J. H. van Eeghen, Amsterdam (1902–6); [E. J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam; from 1906]; James G. Shepherd (?1906–35; estate sale, American Art Association, New York, November 7, no. 55, as "River Scene," for $1,450); Samuel T. Haas, Cleveland (until 1961; sold by his estate sale); [Wildenstein, New York, 1961–62]; Mary V. T. Eberstadt, New York and Huntington, N.Y. (1962–64; life interest, 1964–d. 1970)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Barbizon: French Landscapes of the Nineteenth Century," February 4–May 10, 1992, no catalogue.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, XIX Century. New York, 1966, p. 96, ill., identify the site as probably on the Seine or the Oise.
Madeleine Fidell-Beaufort and Janine Bailly-Herzberg. Daubigny. Paris, 1975, pp. 148–49, no. 78, ill., as "River Landscape".
Robert Hellebranth. Charles-François Daubigny, 1817–1878. Morges, Switzerland, 1976, p. 63, no. 170, ill., calls it "Les Sablières près de Valmondois".
Robert Hellebranth. Letter to Mary Ann Wurth Harris. August 1, 1978, calls it analogous to the painting of the same name formerly in the Glaenzer collection (H175).