An image of The beach

Eugène Boudin

(France 12 Jul 1824 – 08 Aug 1898)

The beach

Other titles:
The beach at Grandchamps
Location
19th & 20th c European art
Further information

Honfleur, Le Havre and the more fashionable Trouville are among the handful of French coastal sites celebrated in the art of Eugene Boudin. A devotee of seascape, it is proper to refer to him as a marine painter. Yet Boudin is really a painter of air. In everything he produced air predominates. It fills his tiny compositions like the wind filling the crinolines of his female figures. Encouraged by Jean Millet, he trained for a time with Isabey, though neither of these established figures could be said to have formed his style. Indeed in some ways, Boudin was more influential than influenced. Monet, for example, revered him. Boudin's impressionist affiliation was so strong that he exhibited at the first of the movement's group shows in 1874.

AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

Year
1864
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on panel
Dimensions
30.9 x 47.1 cm panel; 42.0 x 59.0 x 4.3 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., brown oil "E. Boudin - 1864".
Credit
Purchased 1926
Accession number
1123
Provenance
Barbizon House, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Barbizon House 1926