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River Landscape with Moon, n. d.

Leopold Museum,
Oil on wood
34.3×57.8 cm


  • Charles-François Daubigny

    (Paris 1817–1878 Paris)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In this horizontal-format oil sketch River Landscape with Moon, the French painter Charles François Daubigny (1817–1878) directly captures the natural impression of a nocturnal mood with loose brushstrokes. Light is spreading from the moon through clouds and treetops on the shore to the reflections in the water. The night sky, which takes up about two-thirds of the picture surface, is depicted in shades of blue-gray going into violet, the trees in dark shades of green and brown. It is especially in the pale light of the moon, its aureole glowing in delicate pink and orange tones, that the painter’s romantic conception of landscape becomes palpable. Daubigny had been in contact with the Barbizon painters, who are regarded as pioneers of French Impressionism, since 1843. What he had in common with them, was the practice of painting out in nature at all times of the day and seasons of the year. This sketch was possibly was made on the houseboat, which the artist had built for himself in 1856.

Object data

  • Charles-François Daubigny
River Landscape with Moon
n. d.
Art movement
Oil on wood
34.3×57.8 cm
Estate stamp lower right
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 172
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Impressionisten aus dem Pariser Musée d’Orsay; mit zusätzlichen Leihgaben aus dem Musée du Louvre, dem Musée Maillol, dem Musée National Picasso, der Österreichischen Galerie Belvedere, Wien und europäischen Privatbesitz, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold, Wien 2005 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 30.09.2005-30.01.2006).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Charles-François Daubigny, Paris (1878); (1)
Auktion: 27.05.1992, Dorotheum Wien, Ölgemälde und Aquarelle des 19. Jahrhunderts, Los Nr. 620; (2)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1992-1994);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994)

  1. Nachlassstempel auf der Vorderseite rechts unten
  2. Eintrag auf (abgefragt 29.08.2022)

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