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Charles-François Daubigny, View on the Oise

Key facts
Full title View on the Oise
Artist Charles-François Daubigny
Artist dates 1817 - 1878
Date made 1873
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 38.8 × 67 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Pandeli Ralli, 1928
Inventory number NG6323
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
View on the Oise
Charles-François Daubigny

The washerwoman at the right, a common motif in Daubigny’s river scenes, dips some blue cloth into the water. Close inspection reveals that she is kneeling in a box, commonly used by laundresses at the time to keep themselves dry and relatively comfortable. To the front of her the water is punctuated by rows of waterlilies.

Daubigny probably started this view down the centre of the river in the open air, and he may have been in his studio boat. However, he carried out further work back in his proper studio, moving the right bank of the river, the tree and the washerwoman to the right. An original tree is still visible through the lighter sky paint, and the first figure of the washerwoman can be seen to the left of the final one.

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