About this artwork

The subject, light effects, colour and texture of this painting illustrate why Daubigny's work appealed to the Impressionists. It was produced in the same year they held their first group exhibition. The intense, bright colours record the sunlight sparkling on the grass and blossom-laden trees. Human interest is provided by the figures enjoying the shade of a tree on the left, and by another figure, possibly gathering flowers, on the right. Daubigny painted several scenes of apple trees in blossom which were much admired by younger artists.

  • title: Orchard in Blossom (Les Pommiers en Fleur)
  • accession number: NG 2586
  • artist: Charles-Francois DaubignyFrench (1817 - 1878)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Seasons
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1874
  • measurements: 85.00 x 157.00 cm (framed: 184.86 x 112.21 x 8.89 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1993

Charles-Francois Daubigny

Charles-Francois Daubigny

Daubigny's landscapes had a significant impact on the Impressionists, whom he helped and encouraged. He came from a family of artists and began his career as a painter of ornaments. He failed twice to win the Rome Prize for Historical Landscape, and turned to concentrate on painting directly from nature, finding inspiration working with other artists, including Corot, in and around the Forest of Fontainebleau. Daubigny travelled widely in France but eventually settled in Auvers on the River Oise north of Paris. He enjoyed painting riverscapes and devised a studio-boat to work in.