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Eugène-Louis Boudin Paintings

Eugène-Louis Boudin Paintings

Born at Honfleur, Boudin was the son of a harbor pilot, and at age 10 the young boy worked on a steamboat that ran between Le Havre and Honfleur. In 1835 the family moved to Le Havre, where Boudin's father opened a store for stationery and picture frames. Here the young Eugene worked, later opening his own small shop. Boudin's father had thus 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 his shop, in which pictures were framed, Boudin came into contact with artists working in the area and exhibited in the 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.
Sailboats at Trouville, 1884, Yale University Art Gallery, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon.

Dutch 17th-century masters profoundly influenced him, and on meeting the Dutch painter Johan Jongkind, who had 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 1857/58 Boudin befriended the young Claude Monet, then only 18, and persuaded him to give up his teenage caricature drawings and to become a landscape painter, helping to instill in him a love of bright hues and the play of light on water later evident in Monet's Impressionist paintings. 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 1873, 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 the Channel skies he had painted so often.

Eugène-Louis Boudin Paintings

Beach at Trouville

Beach at Trouville

Cows in a Meadow on the Banks of the Toques

Cows in a Meadow on the Banks of the Toques

Le Faou Laundresses on the Banks of the River

Le Faou Laundresses on the Banks of the River

Le Havre, le bassin de l'eure

Le Havre, le bassin de l'eure

Sainte-Adresse, the Shore

Sainte-Adresse, the Shore

Study of Laundresses

Study of Laundresses

Sunset

Sunset

The Canal at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

The Canal at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

The Port of Trouville

The Port of Trouville

The Port, Ships at Dock

The Port, Ships at Dock

Trouville, the Inner Port, Low tide

Trouville, the Inner Port, Low tide

Berck, Group of Fisherwomen

Berck, Group of Fisherwomen

Bordeaux, la Cargonne a Larmont

Bordeaux, la Cargonne a Larmont

Brussels

Brussels

Deauville, the Harbor

Deauville, the Harbor

Douarnenez, Boats in the Bay

Douarnenez, Boats in the Bay

Fervaques, Garden and House of Monsieur Jacuette

Fervaques, Garden and House of Monsieur Jacuette

Honfleur, the Port Entrance

Honfleur, the Port Entrance

Lavoir du Chevel Blanc a Trouville

Lavoir du Chevel Blanc a Trouville

Le Havre, le Bassin du Commerce

Le Havre, le Bassin du Commerce

Sunset over the Sea

Sunset over the Sea

The Port, Deauville

The Port, Deauville

Trouville, Beach Scene

Trouville, Beach Scene

Trouville, the Jettys, Low Tide

Trouville, the Jettys, Low Tide

Trouville, the Market Place and the Ferry

Trouville, the Market Place and the Ferry

Barges on the Canal, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Barges on the Canal, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Beach Scene

Beach Scene

Beach Scene, Trouville

Beach Scene, Trouville

Cow at Pasture, Valley of the Touques

Cow at Pasture, Valley of the Touques

Honfleur, the Port, Morning

Honfleur, the Port, Morning

Le Havre, the Casimir Delavigne Basin

Le Havre, the Casimir Delavigne Basin

Princess Metternich on the Beach

Princess Metternich on the Beach

Small Canal in Venice

Small Canal in Venice

Trouville, Beach Scene

Trouville, Beach Scene

Village near Dunkirk

Village near Dunkirk

Abbeville, Street and the Church of Saint-Folfran

Abbeville, Street and the Church of Saint-Folfran

Beach Scene at Trouville

Beach Scene at Trouville

Beach Scene at Villers

Beach Scene at Villers

Bordeaux, Three Masted Ships anchored on the Garonne

Bordeaux, Three Masted Ships anchored on the Garonne

Cows near the Sea

Cows near the Sea

Deauville, Ruins of the Chateau de Lassay

Deauville, Ruins of the Chateau de Lassay

Fishing Boats at Sea

Fishing Boats at Sea

In the Vicinity of Honfleur

In the Vicinity of Honfleur

Le Havre, Bassin de l'Eure

Le Havre, Bassin de l'Eure

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