Monet was not the first artist to make use of a floating studio. The ‘Barbizon’ painter, Charles François Daubigny, was fascinated by the prospects of painting from nature, and he acquired a boat in 1857. He called it ‘Le Botin’ (Little Box). Daubigny painted on the rivers Seine, Marne and Oise, focusing on the beauty of the natural landscape and creating nostalgic, idyllic views of what he saw around him.