Daubigny, Charles François (1817-1878) by Scholes, Robert

Charles François Daubigny (1817 – 1878) He was born in Paris, where his father and uncle were artists. He came to art from the bottom up, however, starting as a decorator of clocks and boxes, and then working as a restorer of paintings at the Louvre, under Granet. He later studied briefly in the atelier of Sentie and later with Paul Delaroche. He is often associated with the Barbizon school, though he never lived there and rarely visited. He supported himself mainly as an illustrator until he began to have some success as a painter in the 1850s. In the autumn of 1857 he purchased his famous studio boat, the “Botin,” which prompted him to turn increasingly to riverscapes. In 1865 Daubigny traveled to London, where he met , and to Trouville, where , , and were also working. Daubigny was first elected to the Salon jury in 1866 and became notorious for his support of the younger generation, particularly , , and . He resigned from the jury of the 1870 Salon over the rejection of a painting by Monet. Whistler Monet Courbet Boudin Pissarro Cezanne Renoir

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