Dr Frances Fowle, International Director for Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), was the lead curator of the National Galleries of Scotland's main city-centre exhibition for this year's Edinburgh International Festival. "Inspiring Impressionism: Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh" opens at the Taft Museum, Cincinnati on 20 February 2016, and will transfer to Edinburgh in June 2016. It is the first major exhibition dedicated to the artist Charles François Daubigny.
As well as being the International Director at ECA, Frances is a Reader in History of Art and Senior Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland. "The exhibition is the result of collaboration between the Taft Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Scottish National Gallery," said Frances, "Such international partnerships are crucial, since they allow us to share knowledge and expertise, as well as costs."
The exhibition examines Daubigny’s importance for the Impressionists, especially Claude Monet.
"We hope that a major feature of the show in Edinburgh and Amsterdam will be a reconstruction of Daubigny's studio boat, known as "Le Botin"," said Frances, "Daubigny was a pioneer of painting out of doors and fitted out his floating studio thirteen years before Monet."
Daubigny was also an inspiration for Vincent van Gogh, who painted the older artist's house and garden at Auvers-sur-Oise, north-west of Paris. Van Gogh spent the last two months of his life at Auvers, and the exhibition will include a selection of his last expressive canvases of rolling hills and wheatfields.