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Charles-François Daubigny, Alders

Key facts
Full title Alders
Artist Charles-François Daubigny
Artist dates 1817 - 1878
Date made 1872
Medium and support Oil on mahogany (?)
Dimensions 33 × 57.1 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2623
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Charles-François Daubigny

The stretch of water in the foreground almost certainly lies near to Daubigny’s home in Auvers-sur-Oise. Its surface is covered with vegetation, including clumps of reeds and water-lilies. A woman in a red and white hat sits at the far side, under a clump of alders. This is an evening scene, with pink touches in the sky close to the horizon at the left.

The painting is closely related to a number of other compositions by the artist, all dated 1873 and repetitions of this view. Daubigny built up this painting in multiple layers, often applying the paint wet-in-wet, and using a variety of painterly techniques. In some areas he added texture to the paint surface with short, evenly spaced parallel lines – for example in the pink cloud, left of centre. These lines may have been created with a graining comb.

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