Charles Daubigny (aka Charles François Daubigny) (1817–1878)
“Tree with Crows” (aka “L'Arbre aux Corbeaux”; “The Tree of Crows”), 1867, printed by the Chalcographie du Louvre.
Etching printed in a dark brown ink on buff coloured heavy wove paper with wide margins with the blind stamp of the Chalcographie in the lower margin at center.
Size: (sheet) 13 X 17 in.; (plate) 8.5 x 11.8 in;
Frame: 14 X 17 3/4 in.
Inscribed in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Daubigny 1867”.
State ii (of ii) printed posthumously by the Chalcographie du Louvre.
Melot D120 S2 (Michel Melot 1978, “Graphic Art of the Pre-Impressionists”, New York, Harry N. Abrams, p, 282, cat. no. D 120 ); Delteil 120 ii/ii, (“Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré [XIXe et XXe siècles]”); IFF 58 (Jean Adhémar & Jacques Lethève 1954, “Inventaire du Fonds Français après 1800”, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, cat. no. 58).
Melot (1978) offers the following insights about this print:
“This, perhaps the most celebrated of Daubigny's etchings, marks a change in style toward a realism which is more spare and, as [Jean] Laran said, more oriented toward ‘luminous effect’ and ‘an almost tragic beauty.’ It is also an engraving that Daubigny must have done purely for itself since—something rare indeed with him—it is unconnected with any project for publication. Further, it served as the basis for a painting he did in 1873. Thus we find ourselves here well within the new movement of the original art-print treated with the same dignity as a canvas.
Daubigny's biographer (Jean Laran) described this image as possibly “the most magisterial of his plates” (see BM inv. 2019,7015.97)
“one minor spot under glass, minor frame wear. not examined out of frame”