The Ford (Le Gué)
Charles François Daubigny ( French, 1817 - 1878 )
Auguste Delâtre ( French, 1822 - 1906 )
This print, with its riverside setting and herd of cattle, presents the Barbizon region in a pastoral light. Scenes such as this landscape appealed to urban audiences in both Europe and America during the last quarter of the 19th century, when industrialization was rapidly changing daily life. The countryside, both as an actual place and as an abstract concept, offered a respite from the hectic schedule associated with urban living. City dwellers traveled to the country for weekend excursions and collected artworks with rural subjects.
Charles François Daubigny was a friend of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and an early supporter of the impressionist movement. Like other artists associated with the Barbizon, Daubigny was greatly committed to working outdoors, and he was especially interested in river scenes. He executed many of his works in a special studio-boat known as Le Botin, allowing him to observe the water directly.
Sara Woodbury, DMA label copy, 2011.
- The National Gallery, London
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