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Eugene Boudin (1824-1898)
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Eugene Boudin (1824-1898)

Crinolines sur la plage, Trouville

Eugene Boudin (1824-1898)
Crinolines sur la plage, Trouville
signed 'E. Boudin.' (lower right) and inscribed and dated 'Trouville 89.' (lower left)
oil on panel
5½ x 9 in. (14 x 22.8 cm.)
Painted in Trouville, 1889
Anon. sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 19 June 1998, lot 17.
Richard Green, London (acquired at the above sale).
Janice Levin, New York (acquired from the above, October 1998).
Gift from the above to the present owner, 2001.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, A Very Private Collection: Janice H. Levin's Impressionist Pictures, November 2002-February 2003, p. 16, no. 3 (illustrated in color).
The Birmingham Museum of Art and elsewhere, An Impressionist Eye: Painting and Sculpture from the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, February 2004-January 2005.
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Lot Essay

Manuel Schmit will include this painting in his third supplement to the Boudin catalogue raisonné.

Boudin, who owned a painting and frame shop in Le Havre, first painted at the seaside resort town of Trouville in 1862. Heeding the poet Charles Baudelaire's exhortation to paint modern life, Boudin was attracted to the scenes of Trouville's beaches as they were thronged with vacationers, whose seasonal arrival transformed the town into 'the Summer Boulevard of Paris. His so-called "crinoline" paintings, named for the ladies' fashionable hoopskirts, accounted for nine of the eleven paintings that Boudin showed at the Salon between 1864 and 1869, and won him wide notice.

The 1860s crinoline paintings were executed in the studio on a large or medium canvas format that was suitable for formal exhibition venues. At the same time, Boudin painted many plein air studies on small panels, a support that was easier to handle outdoors. During the 1870s these accounted for most of the Boudin's Trouville beach scenes, and by the middle of the following decade, when the present painting was done, he used this format for all of his paintings in this genre. Boudin had essentially treated the earlier crinoline paintings as landscapes seen from a distance, with low horizons and broad expanses of sky, while in the later panels he painted his subjects close-up, as if he were walking along the strand among them.

The later panels, moreover, show the growing influence of Impressionism on Boudin's work, mainly through the artist's friendship with the younger Claude Monet, another painter who hailed from Le Havre, and who had earlier looked to Boudin as a mentor. The handling in the studies of the later 1880s is especially fresh and spontaneous. Boudin has clearly delighted in the deft use of a "loaded" brush, and as a result of this more painterly manner, the solid forms and patiently observed detail in the earlier paintings have yielded to the blur of movement and the more fleeting atmospheric effects seen here.

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