Monet on the Run – 34. A few words about Daubigny
Daubigny truly believed in Monet’s art. As an elected and respected jury member of the official Salon in Paris, he defended Monet’s submitted work with passion. When the jury’s conservative fraction once more got the upper hand and refused to admit Monet’s work to the 1870 Salon, Daubigny furiously resigned.
A few months later, the Franco-Prussian war started. An important number of French citizens fled the country. In October 1870, Daubigny sailed to London in and immediately invested time and effort in creating his local network of artists and art dealers.
In January 1871, he co-organized an exposition for the benefit of the poor French rural population. Monet was one of the participating artists. Clearly both men had already had their chance meeting, perhaps spotting each other while working on the banks of the river Thames.
Charles-François Daubigny, St.Paul’s from the Surrey Side, 1871-73. Oil on canvas, 44.5x 81 cm. The National Gallery, London