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Charles-François Daubigny, Landscape with Cattle by a Stream

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Full title Landscape with Cattle by a Stream
Artist Charles-François Daubigny
Artist dates 1817 - 1878
Date made 1872
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 35.6 × 66 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Pandeli Ralli, 1928
Inventory number NG6324
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Landscape with Cattle by a Stream
Charles-François Daubigny

On the left a rocky hillside leads down to grassy pasture and a river. Cart tracks run through the pasture from the front edge. Cows graze, watched by a dog, and a lone washerwoman kneels on the right bank of the river, her white linen visible in the water. The river is the Cure in the Morvan region of Burgundy, an area that Daubigny frequently visited from the 1830s onwards. This work was probably painted in the studio as a souvenir of the area.

The sunset sky, reflected in the river, adds to the sense of solitude which pervades the landscape. Daubigny has brought the sky paint round and over the trees and bushes, squeezing in strokes of pink and orange between the three tall trees at the right. He also used an unusual tool, possibly a graining comb, to create textural effects in the sky.

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