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View of Dordrecht (Vue de Dordrecht)

Charles François Daubigny was an important member of the Barbizon School of French landscape painters, which popularized the practice of plein-air painting, or painting outdoors directly from nature. Like many artists of his generation, Daubigny was also strongly influenced by seventeenth-century Dutch landscape painting. Accordingly, he chose a similar muted, earth-toned palette for many of his works. Daubigny traveled to the Netherlands in 1870 and 1871, sketching and painting from a houseboat. Shortly after this trip, he completed eight views of the Dutch town of Dordrecht. In this painting, the distinctive windmills loom over the town.

Charles François Daubigny
French, 1817‒1878
View of Dordrecht (Vue de Dordrecht)
1872‒73
Oil on panel
13 ¼ x 23 in. (33.7 x 58.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Stuart M. Sperry, 2000.201