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Moonlit view of a beach

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Around 1875, Daubigny painted a series of seascapes in the vicinity of the small town of Villerville, just to the south of Le Havre on the estuary of the Seine. Ships and people are completely missing from the beach or are nothing more than tiny patches. Sometimes even the beach is missing and we only see how the light of the sun breaking through the heavy clouds reflects on the waves of the sea. This type of nature study, painted in a rapid tempo, was particularly appreciated by the Impressionists. Daubigny is also considered a forerunner of the Impressionists.
The panel is a typical example of this area of Daubigny’s oeuvre. The appreciation for Daubigny’s work in the Netherlands and among artists is demonstrated, perhaps, by the more than 25 works by Daubigny in the possession of the painter H.W. Mesdag. These included a number of coast and seascapes.

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Title Moonlit view of a beach
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 25.3 cm
Width 48.5 cm
Artists Schilder: Charles-François Daubigny
Accession number VdV 16
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Age artist Between 48 and 58 years old
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Material
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Geographical origin France > Western Europe > Europe

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Charles-François Daubigny

Parijs 1817 - Parijs 1878

Charles François Daubigny's father was a painter and his first teacher. After a trip through Italy in 1836, he worked for some time as caretaker in the Louvre...

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