Prises de vur de la Maison-Atelier de Daubigny
Charles-François DAUBIGNY
The last years



During the 1873 Salon, Daubigny was awarded with the Grand Prix thanks to his painting “The Snow”, today owned by the Orsay Museum, in Paris, despite pretty heavy criticisms. These criticisms look like the ones done against the impressionists, few years later. Today, Daubigny is seen as a major pioneer in the impressionism movement.

“ … let me name another canvas from Daubigny, the snow, which was exhibited in 1872. We could not think of anything simpler, but at the same time larger. Fields are snow white; a path is going through, flanked on the left and on the right by gnarled branches apple trees. And on this white napkin, on the fields and on the trees, a flock of crows crashed down, black points, standing still and twirling. The whole winter is here, in front of us. In my life, I have never seen anything more melancholic; Daubigny’s brush, more delicate than strong, got this time an exceptional strength to replay the bleakly view of our plains, in December”
                                                                Emile Zola

Over the years, he got health problems. But he did not stop escaping onboard the “Bottin”. Back in Auvers-sur-Oise, he bought another house, opposite to the station, but will never live there.

Getting more and more tired, he started a new cruise along with his two sons, towards Rouen. He came back to Auvers, close to his friends, and as they entered winter, he worked in his studio, in Paris.

He died on February 19th 1878 from a heart attack.

He has been buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, in Paris, close to Corot, his friend forever. Geoffroy-Dechaume carved his bust into marble, and this sculpture is still decorating Daubigny’s grave. Daumier is not far from them. They had expressed the desire of being buried close to each other, in order to be able to continue laughing together …

  “Uncle told me Daubigny is dead. This hurts me, I admit shamelessly, … this must be a good thing, while dying, to be conscious of having done really good things, to know that, because of this we will remain alive in at least few people brains, and to leave a good example to those who are following us.”

            Vincent Van GOGH, letter to Théo, 1878.

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last update: sep 30th 2016

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