7 May 2009
Property from an Estate
Eugene Boudin (1824-1898)
Maison et jardin du peintre Braquaval
signed and dedicated 'à Madame Braquaval souvenir d'E. Boudin.' (lower right) and dated '1885' (lower left)
oil on panel
12 1/8 x 15 3/8 in. (30.8 x 39.1 cm.)
Painted in 1885
Mme Louis Braquaval, Trouville (gift from the artist).
Mme Bérès, Paris.
Anon. sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 5 December 1956, lot 12.
Galleria Lorenzelli, Bergamo, Italy.
Arthur Tooth & Sons, London.
Acquired by the family of the late owner, by 1968.
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G. Jean-Aubry, Eugène Boudin d'après les lettres et les documents inédits, Neuchâtel, 1968, p. 159 (illustrated in color).
R. Schmit, Eugène Boudin, Paris, 1973, vol. II, p. 246, no. 1949 (illustrated).
The present painting depicts the idyllic Trouville home of Louis Braquaval--Boudin's pupil and confidant--and his devoted wife, to whom the work is dedicated. In the 1880s Braquaval studied under Boudin at Honfleur, painting mostly marine scenes after his teacher. The two became lifelong friends despite their disparity in age (Boudin was 32 years Braquaval's senior) and corresponded closely until Boudin's death in 1898. Braquaval went on to exhibit at most of the Paris Salons and was eventually made chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1914.
That the work is dedicated to Madame Braquaval and not her husband is unsurprising, however. Boudin was very friendly with Madame Braquaval's family and was in fact introduced to Louis through their good offices. Moreover, Louis was supported financially during his tutelage by Madame Braquaval's father. The unusually intimate, secluded scene as well as its fond dedication attest to Boudin's strong, perhaps paternal, affection for the couple.
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