Apple Blossoms

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

Date: 1873

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 23 1/8 x 33 3/8 in. (58.7 x 84.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900

Accession Number: 25.110.3


The critic Théophile Gautier extolled Daubigny’s landscapes as "pieces of nature cut out and set into golden frames." The artist first painted flowering orchards about 1857, reprising the motif almost every spring. His unpretentious subject matter, rendered with rapid, summary brushstrokes, soon earned the admiration of younger colleagues like Monet. By the time of this canvas in 1873, Daubigny, had, in turn, assimilated their high-keyed palette, evident in the vivid green foliage and bright blue sky. That same year, Monet painted two views of blossoming fruit trees, one of which is in the Metropolitan’s collection (26.186.1).