Write Around PAM: Charles-François Daubigny

Image description: “Field of Poppies.” Charles-François Daubigny. 1860/1878. Oil on panel. 11 1/4 x 23 7/8 inches. This warm, rural landscape features a field of bright red poppies in the foreground and a dense row of leafy green trees along the horizon. The luminous sky--golden on the right, suggesting the rising sun just below the trees--melts into lavender on the left punctuated by a bright, white moon. On the right, a figure on horseback rides away from the viewer, following the diagonal line of a river behind the poppies and leading toward the center of the painting, where two people work the field. The painting style anticipates Impressionism in its attention to light and the use of visible, expressive brush strokes.
Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817-1878), Field of Poppies, 1860/1878, oil on panel, 11 1/4 in x 23 7/8 in, Bequest of Miss Mary Forbush Failing. Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 48.1.7

As we reach the end of August, with concerns of drought and fire risks continuing across the region, we also are so grateful for the bounty the Pacific Northwest summers offer. Charles-François Daubigny’s Field of Poppies, though painted in France, seems to capture this energy of summertime in the Northwest—expansive sky, green landscape, bountiful flowers. We invite you to spend some time writing today, holding this gratitude alongside the concerns, and celebrating the delights of summer with us. We also invite you to come see this work in person and spend some time writing alongside it at the Museum.

We have two prompts to help you get started. As always, you can use one, both, or write whatever else comes. Just set a timer for 15 minutes and keep your pen or pencil moving.

Among the flowers… / Beyond the trees…

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the year. Please share your work with us!  @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM

Charles-François Daubigny, Field of Poppies, 1860/1878, oil on panel, Bequest of Miss Mary Forbush Failing, public domain, 48.1.7

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