Monday, October 22, 2012

Charles-Francois Daubigny

Daubigny was an established and progressive landscape painter and printmaker during the nineteenth century. While his most famous work was very traditional he also supported and experimented with the emerging impressionist style. And with this style in mind he would become prolific in etching and woodcarving. In 1851 he published his first two etchings. He approached his etchings as studies and as finished work but remarked that he viewed his etchings as a more widely accessible commodity rather than made for a specific audience.

 In this etching, "Stags By the Waterside" he employed a cloth texturing to create value. Then he went over it again and added line. His line is characterized as vigorous and unpretentious enabling him to float down a river on his boat and capture a moment of nature's beauty quickly. He has many more whimsical sketched vignettes of his boat travels made from 1861-1862

This is one of his most famous etchings entitled "Tree with Crows."  This etching marked a change in the way he viewed printmaking. This piece is much more finished and purposeful. His impressionistic line work on the ground is mirrored in the trees and in the crows as they all merge together. His work was influential because he was embracing the impressionism into his style which made his work more dynamic and his line stronger.

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