Eugene Boudin 1824-1898 BACK

Eugene Boudin was born at Honfleur, the son of a harbor pilot. From adolescence he worked in an art supplies shop in Le Havre and drew in his spare time. The artists who visited the city, in particular Corot, Isabey, Troyon, and Millet, gave him valuable help and advice. The municipality of Le Havre granted him a three-year scholarship to study in Paris. Boudin first exhibited at the 1859 Salon and then at the 1863 Salon des Refuses. After his return to Le Havre, he spent many summers on the farm of Saint-Simeon, in the environs of Honfleur, with a group of landscape painters including jongkind, Bazille, and Claude Monet. This group is often called the School of Saint Simeon, as distinct from the Barbizon School.

Boudin traveled widely in Normandy and Brittany and visited Holland, Belgium, and Venice. Wherever he went, he invariably painted harbor and beach scenes with numerous strolling figures. He was fascinated by towns and seaside resorts of France-Camaret-sur-Mer, Bordeaux, Deauville, Trouville-with their humid climate and shimmering, diffused light.

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 met Edouard Manet and worked with him in Boulogne and Deauville. In the 1870s, the Impressionists, in their turn, began to exert an influence on Boudin. His landscapes of that period are filled with a constantly changing iridescent light; his palette grows lighter and the brushstrokes assume the aspect of soft, blurred patches of color.

In 1874, Boudin took part in the first Impressionist exhibition. He also frequently exhibited with the Impressionists later, at Durand-Ruel's galleries in Paris and New York.

Image List

Beach Scene at Trouville, 1863

Jetty and Wharf at Trouville, 1863

Return of the Terre-Neuvier, 1875

Women on the Beach at Berck

Beach Scene, 1890?

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