The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Mr. Manuel Schmit.
Born into a seafaring family, Eugène Boudin is best known for his paintings of sea and sky. Often described as 'the painter of beaches' - for his famous sequence 1860-94 - Boudin worked directly from nature on the Brittany and Normandy coasts and, in particular, at the fashionable resorts of Deauville and Trouville where he painted the bourgeoisie and aristocracy at recreation on the sands. (See his paintings of Trouville in the Philidelphia Museum and the New York Met). His beach scenes were painted at many different times of the year and in a variety of changing weather conditions. Etude a Trouville demonstrates his penchant for cool, silvery lighting and blond tonality, enlivened with brilliant touches of red in the costumes. Boudin's overriding concern was light, and in his dabs of pure color and loose and delicate brushwork, he prefigured Impressionism, marking the link between Corot and the Impressionists. He was responsible for introducing Claude Monet to this method of painting outdoors, Monet returned the compliment by painting the beach at Trouville several years later. Indicative of the esteem in which he was held by the Impressionists, Boudin was included in their first exhibition in 1874.