Initially Daubigny painted in a traditional style, but this changed after 1843 when he settled in Barbizon to work outdoors in nature. Very important was his meeting with Camille Corot in 1852 in Optevoz (Isère). On his famous boat Botin, which he had turned into a studio, he painted along the Seine and Oise, often in the region around Auvers. From 1852 onward he came under the influence of Gustave Courbet.
In London he met Claude Monet, and together they left for the Netherlands. Back in Auvers, he met with Paul Cézanne. It has been said that when Daubigny liked his pictures he added another duck or two, so that the number of ducks often indicates greater or less artistic quality in his pictures.
George Hearn; sale New York, American Art Association, New York, February-March 1918; from a private Dutch collection.
R. Hellebrandt, ‘Charles-François Daubigny, 1817-1878’, catalogue raisonné, Morges 1976, no. 846, p. 276, with ill.