Jules Claretie. Peintres et sculpteurs contemporains. Paris, 1873, p. 230, lists "le Hameau d'Optevoz," 1867 as one of Daubigny's most remarkable landscapes [possibly this picture].
John W. Mollett. The Painters of Barbizon: Millet, Rousseau, Diaz, Corot, Daubigny, Dupré. London, 1895, p. 114, lists "Mill, The [des Gobelles] at Optevoz," 1857, in the collection of M. Georges Claudon, Paris [possibly this picture].
"$250,000 Bequest to Metropolitan Museum of Art." New York Herald (December 2, 1900), lists "Landscape" among twenty-five paintings bequeathed by Dun to the Museum; states that Dun bought this work for $18,000.
B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "Recent Accessions." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 6 (April 1911), pp. 98–99, ill., calls it "Evening" and notes that the "painting has a greater appreciation of solidity than is usual in Daubigny's ordinary work".
John Rewald. The History of Impressionism. New York, 1946, p. 92.
Robert L. Herbert. Barbizon Revisited. Exh. cat., California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. Boston, 1962, p. 109, identifies the site as Gobelle's mill at Optevoz, adding that Daubigny painted it several times; calls ours the best-known version of the subject; dates the version owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art (H524) to 1852–57 and states that the
the Philadelphia picture was based on studies dating 1852
Jerrold Lanes. "Daubigny Revisited." Burlington Magazine 106 (October 1964), p. 457.
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, pp. 95–96, ill., call it "Gobelle's Mill at Optevoz"; date it possibly 1857 since the Philadelphia version is inscribed 1857 and the trees in it are shorter.
Charles Theodore Price. "Naturalism and Convention in the Painting of Charles-François Daubigny." PhD diss., Yale University, 1967, pp. 96, 208, 236, calls it "Mill of Gobelle" and notes the influence of Courbet.
Kermit Swiler Champa. Studies in Early Impressionism. New Haven, 1973, p. 93, fig. 132, relates it to Sisley's two 1866 views of Marlotte (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo and Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo) as an example of Daubigny providing "a pretext for Sisley's motif".
John Rewald. The History of Impressionism. 4th rev. ed. New York, 1973, p. 104, ill., calls it "Evening" and dates it about 1857.
Madeleine Fidell-Beaufort and Janine Bailly-Herzberg. Daubigny. Paris, 1975, pp. 112–13, no. 27, ill., date it about 1852 and call the Philadelphia picture a later reworking of this subject.
Robert Hellebranth. Charles-François Daubigny, 1817–1878. Morges, Switzerland, 1976, p. 168, no. 518, ill., calls it "Le moulin de Gobelle, à Optevoz".
Denys Sutton in Paris—New York: A Continuing Romance. Exh. cat., Wildenstein. New York, 1977, pp. 56–57, no. 62, fig. 61, considers an earlier date of 1852 more consistent with Daubigny's style.
Bonnie Lee Grad. "An Analysis of the Development of Daubigny's Naturalism Culminating in the Riverscape Period (1857–1870)." PhD diss., University of Virginia, 1977, pp. iii, 72–73, 118–19, no. 17, fig. 27, dates this picture several weeks or months later in 1857 than the Philadelphia version, on the basis of the completed stone addition to the central building and the foliage which has changed from spring to summer; calls this picture "a more accomplished, more refined version of the Philadelphia work, with a closer vantage point and a more unified treatment of the scene".
Hans-Peter Bühler. Die Schule von Barbizon: Französische Landschaftmalerei im 19. Jahrhundert. Munich, 1979, p. 64, fig. 60.
Christopher Lloyd. Retrospective Alfred Sisley. Exh. cat., Isetan Museum of Art. Tokyo, 1985, p. 159, under no. 3, reiterates Champa's suggestion [Ref. Champa 1973] that this work inspired the composition of Sisley's "Village Road, Marlotte" (Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo).
Michael Clarke. Lighting up the Landscape: French Impressionism and its Origins. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Scotland. Edinburgh, 1986, p. 56, no. 53, suggests that this is a studio picture based on sketches made at Optevoz in 1852.
Sjraar van Heutgen et al. in Franse meesters uit het Metropolitan Museum of Art: Realisten en Impressionisten. Exh. cat., Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam. Zwolle, The Netherlands, 1987, pp. 36–37, no. 5, ill. (color).
Michael Brenson. "French Landscape Painting, The Seed of Impressionism." New York Times (August 2, 1991), p. C22, ill.
Kermit S. Champa. The Rise of Landscape Painting in France: Corot to Monet. Exh. cat., IBM Gallery. Manchester, N.H., 1991, pp. 151, 228, no. 51, ill. (color), dates it about 1858.
Gary Tinterow in Gary Tinterow and Henri Loyrette. Origins of Impressionism. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1994, pp. 79, 295, 365, no. 48, ill. and colorpl. 102 [French ed., "Impressionnisme: Les origines, 1859–1869," Paris, 1994, pp. 79, 295, 363, no. 48, ill. and colorpl. 102], dates it about 1857 based on the date of the Philadelphia version; notes that Daubigny worked in Optevoz in 1849, 1852, 1854, and 1859 so that both versions must have been executed in the studio from oil sketches and drawings; states that it may have been included in Exh. Paris 1867.
Michelle Cochonat. Letter. October 12, 1994, specifies that the hamlet of Optevoz is a small village at the bottom of a hill, within the Commune of Courtenay dans l'Isère in the Dauphiné region.
Michael Marlais in Valenciennes, Daubigny, and the Origins of French Landscape Painting. Exh. cat., Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. South Hadley, Mass., 2004, pp. 45, 50–52, 55 n. 35, p. 58, fig. 53 (color), calls it "The Hamlet at Optevoz" in the text and "The Hamlet, Optevoz" in the checklist, and dates it about 1849–52; suggests it may have been exhibited in the Salon of 1850–51 and the Lyonnais Salon of 1853 as "Vue prise à Optevos"; compares it with the MMA drawing study, observing the reliance on memory and invention in Daubigny's working method.