EUGENE LOUIS BOUDIN (French, 1824-1898)
A wonderful beach or Plage scene from Eugene Boudin during the low tide (maree basse) near Berck in the Northern tip ofNormandy. Boudin did most of his beach scenes in Dauville, Trouville and Honfleur with rarer ones of Fisherman and beached boats in Berck. In this scene; there are two beached fishing boats with standing and sitting woman eating on the beach. There are other figures walking on the beach with sailboats in the background in a tidal pool in Boudin’s signature sand yellow, browns and touches of blue. Watercolors and pencil on paper laid on board. Circa 1870.
Paper is 12.25 X 6.5 Inches.
The site is 11.85 X 6 Inches
Framed is +- 20 X 14 Inches
Provenance: With gallery labels of “Roland, Browse & Delbanco London England” and a Pitt & Scott LTD for Galleria Rottie. Purchased at Christie’s New York in 7 May, 2009. Sale 2166, Lot 113. A smaller version sold by Eric Pillon Auctions in 2002, was titled “Berck, Pecheures A Maree Basse”. Possibly from the collection of Jean Devilder. Condition is good with toning, fading and some foxing mostly under the matting. Remnants or original hand made and colored matting and backing with stickers; Otherwise new frame and museum non glare glass.
Eugène Boudin (12 July 1824 – 8 August 1898) was a French painter of landscapes and seascapes. He was one of the first landscape painters to paint outdoors, rather than in a studio. He was a great influence on the French Impressionists. Boudin was born in Honfleur, France, and was the son of a sailor. In 1835 his father opened a small shop in Le Havre where Boudin worked with him, selling stationery and making picture frames. Boudin met many artists who put their paintings for sale in the shop.
In his early twenties, Boudin went to Paris to study painting. He returned often to paint the seashores around his home. In 1856 Boudin met Claude Monet who spent several months working with Boudin in his studio. The two remained lifelong friends. Monet later said that Boudin had been a major influence on him, teaching him to paint outdoors. Camille Corot who was one of the greatest influences on Monet and the other Impressionists, gazed at Boudin’s work and said “You are the master of the sky.”
The Eugene Boudin Prize is an award given by the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts of France.