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Boudin Eugène Louis (1824-1898)
Eugène Louis Boudin: "Return of the Terre-Neuvier" 1875. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA   Eugène Louis Boudin:  "La Plage de Benerville, Marèe Basse" 1892 (The Beach at Benerville, Low Tide) oil on canvas Collection of The Dixon Gallery and Gardens; Bequest of Mr. And Mrs. Hugo N. Dixon, 1975.20   Eugène Louis Boudin " Bathers on the Beach at Trouville" 1869. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.   Eugène Louis Boudin: "Trouville, Awaiting the Tide" 1874 oil on canvas 200 x 270 mm, National Maritime Museum, London.
Eugène Louis Boudin: "Beach Scene, Trouville" 1864. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.


Eugène Louis Boudin:" Approaching Storm" 1864. Oil on wood. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA


Eugène Louis Boudin:"Trois Mats au Port" circa 1888-1895  Oil on panel Private Collection.


Eugène Louis Boudin:"Vacationers on the Beach at Trouville" 1864, oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 41 inches, Minneapolis Institute of Arts.


Eugène Louis Boudin:"The Beach at Villerville" 1864. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA.

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Eugène Louis Boudin (1824-1898)

Eugène Boudin (July 12, 1824 – August 8, 1898) was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors.

Boudin was marine painter, and expert in the rendering of all that goes upon the sea and along its shores. His pastels, summary and economic, garnered the splendid eulogy of Baudelaire, and Corot who, gazing at his pictures, said to him, "You are the master of the sky."

Born at Honfleur, Normandy, the son of a sailor, he worked as cabin boy onboard the rickety steamer that sailed between Havre and Honfleur across the estuary of the Seine. But before old age came on him, Boudin's father abandoned seafaring, and his son gave it up too, having no real vocation for it, though he preserved to his last days much of a sailor's character, frankness, accessibility, and open-heartedness.

In 1835 his family moved to Le Havre, where his father established himself as stationer and frame-maker. He began work the next year as an assistant in a stationery and framing store before opening his own small shop. There he came into contact with artists working in the area and exhibited in his shop the paintings of Constant Troyon and Jean-François Millet, who, along with Jean-Baptiste Isabey and Thomas Couture whom he met during this time, encouraged young Boudin to follow an artistic career. At the age of 22 he abandoned the world of commerce, started painting full-time, and traveled to Paris the following year and then through Flanders. In 1850 he earned a scholarship that enabled him to move to Paris, although he often returned to paint in Normandy and, from 1855, made regular trips to Brittany.

Dutch 17th century masters profoundly influenced him, and on meeting the Dutch painter Johan Jongkind, who already made his mark in French artistic circles, Boudin was advised by his new friend to paint outdoors (en plein air). He also worked with Troyon and Isabey, and in 1859 met Gustave Courbet who introduced him to Charles Baudelaire, the first critic to draw Boudin’s talents to public attention when the artist made his debut at the 1859 Paris Salon.

In 1857 Boudin met the young Claude Monet who spent several months working with Boudin in his studio. The two remained lifelong friends and Monet later paid tribute to Boudin’s early influence. Boudin joined Monet and his young friends in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874, but never considered himself a radical or innovator.

Boudin’s growing reputation enabled him to travel extensively in the 1870s. He visited Belgium, the Netherlands, and southern France, and from 1892 to 1895 made regular trips to Venice. He continued to exhibit at the Paris Salons, receiving a third place medal at the Paris Salon of 1881, and a gold medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle. In 1892 Boudin was made a knight of the Légion d'honneur, a somewhat tardy recognition of his talents and influence on the art of his contemporaries.

Late in his life he returned to the south of France as a refuge from ill-health, and recognizing soon that the relief it could give him was almost spent, he returned to his home at Deauville, to die within sight of Channel waters and under Channel skies


Eugène Louis Boudin: "The Meuse at Dordrecht" 1882. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.


Eugène Louis Boudin: "Beach Scene" 1880s. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.


Eugène Louis Boudin:"La Place Ary Scheffer, Dordrecht" 1884 oil on paneel, 27 x 21,5 cm Schenking Stichting Vrienden van het Dordrechts Museum.


Eugène Louis Boudin:"Bateau a l'estuaire de la Seine" c. 1875 Private collection.


Eugène Louis Boudin:"The Port of Camaret" 1872. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.


Eugène Louis Boudin:"Women on the Beach at Berck" 1881 oil on wood 25x36cm National Gallery of Art, DC.  Eugène Louis Boudin:"Rivage de Portrieux, Cotes-du-Nord" (The Coast of Portrieux, Cotes-du-Nord)  1874; Oil on canvas, 85 x 148 cm; Private collection, England.  Eugène Louis Boudin:"Beach at Trouville" 1864. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.  Eugène Louis Boudin: "The Port of Ke Havre" (Dock of La Barre). 1888. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.



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