January 2020

Van Gogh has never mingled the Auvers-sur-Oise church and the Ecouen’s one.

On June 12th 2012, a well-known international auction house sold a Charles Daubigny painting named “Un village, Auvers-sur-Oise”. Not only once, Van Gogh has ever mingled the Auvers-sur-Oise church and the Ecouen’s one but the auctioneer did.
A picture of this painting is currently part of a magnificent slideshow, under the same name “Un village, Auvers-sur-Oise”, in the Auvers-sur-Oise impressionism museum.
Thanks to Van Gogh, we all know (not only our Association’s members) how the Auvers-sur-Oise church looks like, definitely not like the one of Ecouen, located close to the easy to recognize Anne de Montmorency castle. The water we can see on the painting’s front has nothing to do with the Oise river. It is the Ecouen’s horse-pond !
Charles Daubigny was the Pierre Edouard Frère fellow student at Paul Delaroche’s teaching. They remained good friends. We can see them together on the Botin boat (Leonide Bourges engraving). It’s not really surprising if some of his paintings are showing Ecouen. We have two evidences:
– One engraving named “Environs d’Ecouen” for the book of Eugene Sue “Les mystères de Paris”.
– A painting named “Environs d’Ecouen” called in the 1864 catalogue (probably the painting we are talking about today)

We specially congratulate our association’s member for her exceptional accurate vision, seeing the error specialists have not seen. We hope they’ll rectify their error as soon as possible.

If the owner of this painting, discovering this story, is disappointed with his acquisition and wants to sale it, he can contact our association via its website.

 Daubigny - Village of Ecouen (not Auvers-sur-Oise)