A direct link between the Barbizon generation and the impressionists, Boudin encouraged Monet to paint landscapes directly from nature. This harbor scene was painted in 1874, the same year as the first impressionist exhibition, which included works by Boudin. In this scene, the evocation of the grays and pinks of a cloudy day aptly demonstrates why Corot called Boudin the "Monarch of the Skies."


  • Title: Bordeaux, the Harbor
  • Creator: Eugène Louis Boudin (French, 1824-1898)
  • Date Created: 1874
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Painter: Eugène Louis Boudin (French, 1824-1898)
  • Provenance: Cyrus J. Lawrence, New York; Sale, American Art Association, Mendelssohn Hall, New York, January 21 and 22, 1910, no. 58; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase [under the alias of Henry Chester]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: oil paintings
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Lower right: E. Boudin; [Inscription] Lower right: Bordeaux; [Signature] Partially obsucred by a paint film is an earlier signature slightly above the present signature
  • Geography: Place Depicted: Bordeaux
  • Exhibitions: The Road to Impressionism: Landscapes from Corot to Manet. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004-2005., The Road to Impressionism: Barbizon Landscapes from the Walters Art Museum. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; The Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh. 2008-2009., Illuminations: Images of Landscape in France, 1855-1885. The Heckscher Museum, Huntington; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis. 1990., Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998., Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
  • Dimensions: 11 15/16 x 18 1/4 in. (30.3 x 46.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.841

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