The Hamlet of Optevoz

Charles-François Daubigny French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 812

This peaceful evening scene is 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. The painting appears to be a straightforward description of things seen. Yet Daubigny is thought to have sacrificed finish and detail in order to imbue the modest subject with a poetic effect.

One of the sketches on which this view is based is also in The Met's collection. A painting of 1857 in the 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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