Eugène Boudin is best known for inspiring Impressionist artists, especially a young Claude Monet, to paint outdoors. This drawing belongs to a series that Boudin made throughout much of his career depicting seascapes with dramatic skylines onsite. He favored pastel, the powdery medium used here, for its portability and directness, allowing him to capture the dramatic effects of nature as they shifted.

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  • Title: Seascape with Open Sky
  • Creator: Eugène Boudin (French, 1824-1898)
  • Date Created: 1860
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 21.5 x 28.7 cm (8 7/16 x 11 5/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Studio of the artist [1824-1898; Lugt 828], (his posthumous studio sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, March 20-21, 1899, probably one of nos. 243–54), Dr. Gustav Rau [1922-2002], Stuttgart, (his sale, Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, May 25, 2013, no. 650, for the UNICEF Germany Foundation, sold to Le Claire Kunst, Hamburg), (Le Claire Kunst, Hamburg, sold to Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley, Shaker Heights, OH), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley, Shaker Heights, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2020.116
  • Medium: pastel on gray wove paper mounted on thin paperboard
  • Inscriptions: inscribed, lower left, in black chalk: - 1860 -; stamped, lower right, in blue ink: artist’s stamp [Lugt 828]
  • Fun Fact: The well-known Parisian critic and writer Charles Baudelaire singled out Eugène Boudin's seascape pastels in a review published around the time this work was made, describing them as characterized by "meteorological beauty."
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift
  • Collection: DR - French
  • Accession Number: 2020.116

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