Charles-François Daubigny (French, Paris 1817–1878 Paris)
Oil on wood
15 1/4 x 27 1/4 in. (38.7 x 69.2 cm)
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887
Not on view
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): Daubigny 1874
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, New York (until d. 1887)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Taste of the Seventies," April 2–September 10, 1946, no. 85.
New York. American Federation of the Arts. "A Landscape View of 19th Century France (circulating exhibition)," September 1, 1954–1957, no catalogue?
Little Rock. Arkansas Arts Center. "Five Centuries of European Painting," May 16–October 26, 1963, unnumbered cat. (p. 42, as "On the Seine: Morning").
Nashville. Fisk University. "100 Years of European Painting," April 28–June 10, 1965, unnum. checklist.
Columbia, S.C. Columbia Museum of Art. "Landscape in Art: Origin and Development," January 17–February 26, 1967, no. 43.
Mrs. Schuyler van Rensselaer. "The Wolfe Collection at the Metropolitan Museum. II." Independent 39 (November 24, 1887), p. 9.
"Gallery and Studio: The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Art Amateur 18 (December 1887), p. 7, as "On the Seine, Morning".
Walter Rowlands. "The Miss Wolfe Collection." Art Journal, n.s., (January 1889), p. 13.
"The Metropolitan Museum of Art—The French Painters." New York Times (May 22, 1895), p. 4, as "On the Seine".
Five Centuries of European Painting. Exh. cat., Arkansas Arts Center. Little Rock, 1963, p. 42, ill, remarks that the river landscapes along the Seine and Oise were Daubigny's favorite subjects and notes that this picture depicts "an early morning on the Seine with the rising sun reflected in the river".
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, pp. 99–100, ill., comment that the "summary execution and the rather mild effect are typical of Daubigny's commercial productions at the end of his career".
Madeleine Fidell-Beaufort and Janine Bailly-Herzberg. Daubigny. Paris, 1975, p. 188, no. 139, ill., call it "La Seine, effet du matin (The Seine - Morning)".
Robert Hellebranth. Charles-François Daubigny, 1817–1878. Morges, Switzerland, 1976, p. 20, no. 41, ill., calls it "La Seine à Herblay, le Matin"; reproduces a similar composition (1872; collection Mme d'Aigremont; H40).
Robert Hellebranth. Letter to Mary Ann Wurth Harris. August 1, 1978, identifies the site as Herblay, near Paris and notes that the church still exists.
This work depicts the village of Herblay, located on the Seine near Paris. The church seen in the distance still exists. A similar painting (Hellebranth 1976, no. 40) is in the collection of Mme d'Aigremont [see Ref. Hellebranth 1978].