Snow scene, Valmondois

Charles DAUBIGNY: artist

Not On Display

About the work

The acceptance of landscape as a fit subject for painting developed in France in the mid-nineteenth century. This was in part due to the rapid growth in the size of cities that had occurred, bringing about a clear separation between the city and the countryside. Daubigny was a member of the first generation of French landscape painters who chose to paint en plein-air, that is, to work outside directly
in front of the subject in order to produce a spontaneous rendering of the fleeting sensations of light and atmospheric effects. (August 2018)

Daubigny was not robust as a child, so he was sent away from his family in Paris to be raised in rural Valmondois by his nurse. He developed a strong affinity for that countryside and repeatedly returned to paint its familiar contours throughout his adult life.

Many artists painted scenes of snow-covered landscapes in the 1870s, including Courbet, Monet and C├ęzanne. These paintings were not popular with the critics, and Daubigny was roundly criticised for his subject of starving crows circling over the figure of a peasant wending his way home, the bleakness of the predominantly white and black colour palette, and the application of the paint in thick, visible brushstrokes.
Snow scene, Valmondois
Artist/Maker and role
Charles DAUBIGNY: artist
oil on canvas
88.7 x 153.3 cm
117.0 x 182.0 cm (framed)
Credit line
Purchased 1904
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the paintings in our collection.