The Hamlet of Optevoz

Charles-François Daubigny French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 812

This peaceful evening scene is thought to be based on drawings Daubigny made in 1852 at Optevoz, a town in the valley of the river Rhône that he had first visited in 1849. (One of these sketches is also in the Museum's collection.) Although the painting appears to give a straightforward description of things seen, Daubigny is thought to have sacrificed finish and detail in order to imbue its modest subject with a poetic effect. Another version of the composition, signed and dated 1857 (Philadelphia Museum of Art), shows the view in different light and from a slightly greater distance.

The Hamlet of Optevoz, Charles-François Daubigny (French, Paris 1817–1878 Paris), Oil on canvas

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