The origin of the Boudin collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts
The set of twenty works by Boudin acquired by the Barons of São Joaquim and donated to the former National School of Fine Arts (ENBA) in 1922 was not, despite the intriguing number, a casual purchase. It was, rather, the result of a conscious and objective interest from the Barons in the works of this painter. With the creation of the National Museum of Fine Arts in 1937, the former ENBA gallery, and with it the works of Boudin, became national patrimony under the curatorship of the new institution, constituting the largest set of pictures of Eugène Boudin outside of France owned by a public institution.
Study of the Sky
This picture is an admirable study of the atmospheric effects captured through the use of color. With a range of colors and tones of differing brightness, the drawing is almost completely omitted. It is an almost total avoidance of form. Ignoring the narrative details, the painter concentrates on the breadth of the sky that covers most of the painting. Without strong or dominant colors, its brightness and luminosity capture attention.
In this painting, which reminds us of the teachings of the Dutch animalistic painters, there are two cows, one standing and the other lying down. Both are facing to the right, and a third, further on, faces the sea. One can note a more cautious work on animal bodies, which makes their forms more consistent.
One of the most lyrical paintings in the collection.
Blue shades in most of the composition, achieved through the reflections of the calm sky on the water.
The curves of the Deauville River, portrayed in many other paintings as well, draw here an elliptical shape which lefts narrow strips of solid ground. In them dominate a green vegetation.
The second is perceived in the formation of the horizon through vegetation and houses, starting at both ends of the picture and coming down almost to the center, making the wide strip of sky narrow at the edges. In terms of color, attention is focused on the blue mixed with gray and white, contrasting with the green of the pasture.
Louis Engène Boudin na Coleção dos barões de São Joaquim
Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba/ PR
De 28 de setembro de 2004 a 30 de janeiro de 2005