Eugène Boudin: 8 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Pardon of Ste-Anne-La-Palud (1858) by Eugène BoudinMuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux

'Born in Honfleur and schooled in Le Havre, Eugène Boudin (1824--1898) visited Brittany for the first time in 1855 and travelled there regularly for the next three years.'

Still Life with Lobster on a White Tablecloth (Nature Morte Au Homard Sur un Nappe Blanche) (1853/1861) by Eugène Louis BoudinHigh Museum of Art

'Although Boudin thought of his still lifes as nothing more than "dining room pictures," these works have an impressive, somber nobility. They are also historically significant, since it was due to Boudin's example that Monet painted still lifes in the 1850s, and the Impressionists would continue the interest in this subject.'

The beach (1864) by Eugène BoudinArt Gallery of New South Wales

'Indeed in some ways, Boudin was more influential than influenced. Monet, for example, revered him.'

The Beach at Trouville (1865) by Eugène BoudinMusée d’Orsay, Paris

'Here he has chosen a relatively low angle leaving the sea barely visible but accentuating the feeling of the wind, into which the figures and the little black dog in the foreground are leaning. The sense of a scene snatched from life, reinforced by vibrant light effects, makes Eugène Boudin a forerunner of Impressionism, and indeed, it was he who introduced Monet to open air painting when the latter was only seventeen.'

Lady in White on the Beach at Trouville (1869) by Eugène BoudinMuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux

'Between 1860 and 1896, Boudin executed nearly three hundred paintings on the theme of these "crinoline" beaches.'

Trouville, Beach Scene (Trouville, scène de plage) (1874) by Eugène BoudinThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'Boudin's beach scenes were commercially successful, but his attitude towards his subjects appears to have been ambivalent. On one occasion, he even described such gatherings of tourists as a "frightful masquerade."'

Landscape with Cows (1881) by Eugène BoudinMuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux

'Boudin was not an animal painter and the cow was not the main subject of his paintings.'

Boats Decorated with Flags in the Port of Deauville (Bateaux pavoisés dans le bassin, Deauville) (1895) by Eugène BoudinThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'Over the course of his career, Eugène Boudin regularly painted the colorful regattas that took place on the Normandy Coast and were major tourist attractions.'

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