Born in Paris in 1846, Karl Pierre Daubigny was the son of, Charles Francois Daubigny, one of the original eight Barbizon painters and one of the leading landscapists of his time. Taught by his father and embracing a similar aesthetic, Karl Daubigny traveled the French countryside painting, working primarily in Auvers, Normandy and Fontainebleau. At the age of 17, Karl debuted at the Paris Salon with the painting Le Sentier et l’Ile de Vaux-sur-l’Oise . By the age of 22 he had already won several medals at the Salon.
While Karl Daubigny is often associated with an aesthetic much like that of his father, the famous Charles François Daubigny, he also was heavily influenced by Impressionism and Monet in particular. The influence of Impressionism is not surprising; the elder Daubigny was one of the greatest supporters of Monet and the Impressionists in the early years of the movement. In fact, Karl and his father made a painting trip with Monet to the canals of Zaandam during 1871 and 1872. Karl’s approach at this time emulated the freedom, the imapastic surface and the palette of Monet’s depictions of Zaandam.
Karl Daubigny died prematurely at the age of 40. His prolific contribution to the second generation of Barbizon painters is evident in his ability to convey, through his painting, his devotion to and love of nature.
Selected Museum Collections:
Paris, Musée d’Orsay; Evreux, Musée de l’Ancien Evêché; also in Aix, Amiens, Bayonne, Berlin, Brest, Honfleur, La Haye and Nancy.
ARTWORK: Karl Pierre Daubigny
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