Charles Francois Daubigny

French , 1817 - 1878

Charles-François Daubigny was born in Paris in 1817. He was born into a family of painters and was raised in Valmandois, northwest of Paris, where he would later make his home.He studied under his father and the animal and landscape painter Brascassat and he painted on his own at Saint-Cloud and the Forest of Fontainebleau. At the age of 19, Daubigny traveled to Italy to train in the classical tradition and in 1837 he enrolled in the studio of the history painter Paul Delaroche and participated in the initial competitions for the Prix du Paysage Historique.

He began exhibiting at the Salon as early as 1838 and supported himself well into the 1850s as an illustrator, providing wood engravings for magazines and song sheets. In the 1850s, Daubigny’s works began to achieve popular success, although some critics thought his work to be sketchy and unfinished.

Throughout the 1860s, Daubigny exhibited in London, Brussels and Antwerp and began to gain significant commercial success. He gained a position in the Salon Jury in 1865 and 1868, which he used to argue in favor of younger artists, including Pissaro and Boudin. Daubigny’s health began to fail in 1875 and three years later, he died.
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