Daubigny's landscapes had a significant impact on the Impressionists, whom he helped and encouraged. He came from a family of artists and began his career as a painter of ornaments. He failed twice to win the Rome Prize for Historical Landscape, and turned to concentrate on painting directly from nature, finding inspiration working with other artists, including Corot, in and around the Forest of Fontainebleau. Daubigny travelled widely in France but eventually settled in Auvers on the River Oise north of Paris. He enjoyed painting riverscapes and devised a studio-boat to work in.