Yesterday we went to the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati to see a special exhibit called Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape. Since Daubigny was an artist I had heard little about, I was surprised to see how his work, over time, transitioned from realism to an almost Impressionistic style. It was clear that Monet was heavily influenced by his work, though I had never heard him mentioned in connection to Impressionism. Daubigny also urged his art dealer to sell Monet's work, telling him that if any of them didn't sell, he would replace them with his own paintings. He resigned in protest from the Paris Salon when they refused to show Monet's work.
Sunset Near Villerville, Charles-Francois Daubigny
The Banks of the River Oise, Charles-Francois Daubigny
"Before the Impressionists, French artist Charles-François Daubigny pushed the boundaries of traditional landscape. In the 1850s and 1860s, Daubigny anticipated and helped shape Impressionism by routinely painting outdoors to capture qualities of light and atmosphere, by launching a floating studio boat on the French rivers, and by exhibiting sketch-like works that critics assailed as “mere impressions.” He became a mentor, colleague, and friend to the Impressionists, especially Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro." ( http://frenchculture.org/visual-and-performing-arts/events/daubigny-monet-van-gogh-impressions-landscape )
Poppy Field, Claude Monet
Wheat Field with Cypresses, Vincent Van Gogh
The progression is pretty noticeable if we look at the handling of similar subject matter by each artist:
Apple Trees in Blossom, Charles-Francois Daubigny
Orchard in Bloom, Claude Monet
Orchard in Blossom Plum Trees, Vincent Van Gogh
Tune in for my next post, when I'll show you more of the impressive Taft Museum of Art.