The Easel

Daubigny, Money, Van Gogh and the birth of impressionism

Charles François Daubigny is rarely connected with Impressionism. But a current exhibition puts a boldly contrary view – his looser, brighter style directly inspired artists like Monet and Cezanne.  Further, he was an important defender when their works were attacked by traditionalists. At the end of his life he returned to a more traditional style to generate cash, with his more “Impressionist” works sitting unsold in the studio.