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    Sale 2046

    Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

    6 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 159

    Eugene Boudin (1824-1898)

    La plage de Trouville

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    Eugene Boudin (1824-1898)
    La plage de Trouville
    signed 'E. Boudin.' (lower right) and inscribed and dated 'Trouville 74' (lower left)
    oil on cradled panel
    6¾ x 14 in. (17.1 x 35.6 cm.)
    Painted in 1874

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    The son of a mariner, Boudin worked as a cabin boy on his father's ship. This early experience with confronting the changing moods of the sea became a formative part of his artistic career. The current painting belongs to his most famous and popular series of beaches at Deauville and Trouville. The painter's interest in capturing the richly subtle mutability of the sea, and the elaborate leisure activities of those who frequent its shores, was also shared by the generation of artists who would become the Impressionists. Boudin's subtle innovations within such a pleasing plein-air genre secured his artistic reputation. His rapid, almost sketch-like treatment of sky, water, and figures anticipates the spontaneous brushstroke and sensitivity for shifting color tonalities and weather effects that the Impressionists would display.

    As a young man in 1847 Boudin had traveled to Paris in order to become a painter. There, he studied 17th century Dutch marine subjects and landscapes, as well as paintings from the Barbizon school. He experienced early success, and was granted scholarships that allowed him to voyage around the country. Annual travel became a pattern for Boudin. It consistently refreshed his subject matter and also widened his social circle, bringing him into contact with his unofficial pupil Claude Monet, as well as Camille Corot, and another great master of the seascape, Gustave Courbet. He exhibited in the Salons from 1863 to 1897, but in an inclusion that points to his influence on younger artists, he was also represented in the first Impressionist Exhibition of 1874.


    Adolphe Tavernier, Paris; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 15 April 1907, lot 1.
    G. Tempelaere, Paris.
    Johnson Art Galleries.
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 24 June 1986, lot 10.
    Richard Green, London.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    R. Schmit, Eugène Boudin, Paris, 1973, vol. I, p. 338, no. 951.
    R. and M. Schmit, Eugène Boudin, deuxième supplément, Paris, 1993, p. 212, no. 951 (illustrated).


    Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune et Cie., Exposition Eugène Boudin, 1900, no. 100.