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    Sale 1995

    Impressionist And Modern Art Day Sale

    7 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 303

    Eugene Boudin (1824-1898)

    Trouville. La Nourrice

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    Eugene Boudin (1824-1898)
    Trouville. La Nourrice
    signed 'E. Boudin' (lower right) and dated '85' (lower left)
    oil on cradled panel
    5½ x 9¼ in. (14 x 23.5 cm.)
    Painted in 1885

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    Boudin relished the scenery surrounding the Normandy coast and specifically his birthplace, Honfleur, where he worked during the summers. Boudin met the eighteen-year-old Claude Monet in 1858 while in the town of Le Havre, and pointed out to him the delights of plein air painting. Monet later acknowledged the older artist's influence on his own work in a letter to the critic Gustave Geoffroy: "I owe everything to Boudin and am grateful to him for my success."

    The present work is an example of the in situ studies Boudin completed during the final phase of his career, when his focus was primarily on capturing the wide, open skies of his beloved coastal landscape. Rather than the more realist subject matter he had treated in the 1860s, replete with the iconography of modernity, the later studies show the growing influence of Impressionism on Boudin's work. The present work concentrates on a single group of related figures with sketchily rendered beachgoers in the background. The palette is gentle and tempered, the paint swiftly applied, and the subject matter entirely free of anecdote or event.

    Special Notice

    No sales tax is due on the purchase price of this lot if it is picked up or delivered in the State of New York.


    Galerie Durand-Ruel et Cie., Paris (acquired from the artist, June 1890).
    M. Devilder, Roubaix (acquired from the above, April 1914).
    Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York.
    Jack Lasdon, New York (1968); sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, 19 October 1977, lot 29a.
    Richard L. Feigen and Co., New York.
    Janice Levin, New York (acquired from the above, 1977).
    Gift from the above to the present owner, 2001.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property formerly in the Collection of Janice Levin, Sold to Benefit The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation*


    G. Jean-Aubry and R. Schmit, Eugène Boudin, Neuchâtel, 1968, p. 240, no. 156 (illustrated in color, p. 156).
    R. Schmit, Eugène Boudin, Paris, 1973, vol. II, p. 240, no. 1931 (illustrated).
    G. Jean-Aubry and R. Schmit, Eugène Boudin, Neuchâtel, 1987, p. 247, no. 210 (illustrated, p. 210).


    Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel et Cie., Exposition E. Boudin, July-August 1889, no. 72.
    Mulhouse, Maison d'Art Alsacienne, Exposition rétrospective Eugène Boudin, Jongkind, Pissarro, 1931, no. 27.
    Paris, Galerie Schmit, Eugène Boudin, May 1965, no. 70.
    New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, A Very Private Collection: Janice H. Levin's Impressionist Pictures, November 2002-February 2003, pp. 16-19, no. 2 (illustrated in color, p. 17).
    The Birmingham Museum of Art and elsewhere, An Impressionist Eye: Painting and Sculpture from the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, February 2004-January 2005.

    Post Lot Text

    *This lot may be tax exempt from the sales tax as set forth in the Sales Tax Notice at the back of the catalogue.