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Charles-François Daubigny, The Garden Wall, Auvers-sur-Oise

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Full title The Garden Wall, Auvers-sur-Oise
Artist Charles-François Daubigny
Artist dates 1817 - 1878
Date made 1860s
Medium and support Oil on oak (?)
Dimensions 18.7 × 35.9 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2624
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Garden Wall, Auvers-sur-Oise
Charles-François Daubigny

A path runs along a white wall with a grassy common to the right. The wall features two pale brown gates. Trees behind the wall suggest a garden or orchard. The tonality is light, with the pale grey paint of the wall overlaid with small, square touches of creams, yellows and pinks, giving a sense of dappled sunlight.

This scene is almost certainly in the vicinity of Auvers-sur-Oise, which Daubigny first visited in 1850, and where he later built a house and studio. He painted a number of views of the walled gardens running along the banks of the Oise. While the view here does not include the river itself, the white wall and green door suggest a similar subject. Cezanne and Pissarro also portrayed such walled gardens both in Auvers and in the neighbouring village of Pontoise.

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