Charles-François Daubigny was born on February 15, 1817
in Paris. Daubigny was taught how to paint by Paul Delaroches and
his father, the landscape painter Edme-François Daubigny. From
1838 Daubigny regularly contributed to exhibitions, but did not
reach his full artistic development before 1848, when he received
great public acclaim for his landscape paintings, which were some
of the first plein air paintings.
From 1843 Daubigny was in contact with the school of Barbizon,
without, however, joining them closely. Daubigny's ambition was to
liberate the landscape from poetic and subjective additions and to
produce an untainted, immediate reflection of nature. According to
him, the personal emotions of the painter must not enter the
reflection of what is seen.
Charles-François Daubigny got lost in a sketchy style and was
content with the depiction of a general impression. In 1852 he met
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot
in Cremien (Dauphine), with whom he traveled to Switzerland and
France and entertained a life-long friendship.
In 1857 he turned
the boat "Le Botin" in Auvers-sur-Oise into a floating studio and
traveled along the rivers Seine and Oise. At that time, the subject
matter of his paintings completely stopped being anecdotal. He
spent the summer of 1865 with
and the young
in Trouville. From then on, his
paintings became lighter and more liberal, shapes began to dissolve
in colored harmonies, and he anticipated important elements of
Charles-François Daubigny died in Paris on February 19, 1878.