Eugene Boudin

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The Beach at Villerville

Eugène Louis Boudin (Honfleur, 1824 - Deauville, 1898) French Impressionist painter (a forerunner of Impressionism); specialized in maritime art. Wherever he went, he invariably painted harbor and beach scenes. Boudin participated in the first impressionist exhibition of 1874, and in the New York exhibition of 1886 organized by Paul Durand Ruel.

In the 1850s, Boudin met Claude Monet and did much to help the young painter find his true artistic self. In the 1860s he frequently saw Edouard Manet and worked with him in Boulogne and Deauville. (cfr: Eugène-Louis Boudin, Olga's Gallery) That's the period when painters discover the ever-changing effects of weather on the landscape. These discoverers are called Bonington, William Turner, Paul Huet, Xavier Leprince, Camille Corot, Eugène Isabey. This generation will mould the others. The Barbizon painters - C Troyon, L François, C. Daubigny - put their easels up at the Saint Siméon Inn and on the shores of Villerville. The elder ones help the younger ones - Eugène Boudin, Alexandre Dubourg, Johan Barthold Jongkind - who in turn advise the new young generation of painters - Claude Monet, F. Bazille. This is a long story, made of encounters, friendship and advice, without any school or dogma. In the 1860s, Eugene Boudin was the federative element between the younger artists and their elders. [1]

Boudin played a critical role in promoting plein-air (outdoor) painting in France. [2] Camille Corot proclaimed Boudin "king" or "master" of the skies. [3]

The number of his paintings is estimated in 4 500.

La Piazetta vue du Grand Canal

La Piazetta vue du Grand Canal. (Venice)


Boudin On the Beach of Deauville 1869.jpg

On the Beach of Deauville, 1869.


Continue to: Eugene Boudin/Maritime Art

See also

Etretat, la falaise Amont, 1896.

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