The River Seine at Mantes
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Charles-François Daubigny explores the coexistence of work and leisure as well as past and present in this view of Mantes, located near Paris. While a fashionably dressed lady contemplates the river, the boat steaming toward the bridge indicates the river’s function as a working waterway. Another figure in the background appears to wear the blue jacket traditionally worn by rural French laborers. Juxtaposing the Gothic towers and pitched roof of the town’s church with an active smokestack, Daubigny acknowledges France’s historical past and its industrial future—a forecast of Impressionist concerns, as seen in the nearby painting by Gustave Caillebotte.
Oil on canvas
19 1/16 x 29 3/4 in. (48.4 x 75.6 cm)
Frame: 33 1/8 x 43 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (show scale)
Signed lower left: "Daubigny"
Gift of Cornelia E. and Jennie A. Donnellon
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Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817-1878). The River Seine at Mantes, ca. 1856. Oil on canvas, 19 1/16 x 29 3/4 in. (48.4 x 75.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Cornelia E. and Jennie A. Donnellon, 33.271 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 33.271_SL1.jpg)
overall, 33.271_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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