Apple Blossoms

Charles-François Daubigny French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 812

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).

Apple Blossoms, Charles-François Daubigny (French, Paris 1817–1878 Paris), Oil on canvas

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