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Title

The beach

1864


Artist

Eugène Boudin

France

12 Jul 1824 - 08 Aug 1898


About

Honfleur, Le Havre and the more fashionable Trouville are among the handful of French coastal sites celebrated in the art of Eugene Boudin. A devotee of seascape, it is proper to refer to him as a marine painter. Yet Boudin is really a painter of air. In everything he produced air predominates. It fills his tiny compositions like the wind filling the crinolines of his female figures. Encouraged by Jean Millet, he trained for a time with Isabey, though neither of these established figures could be said to have formed his style. Indeed in some ways, Boudin was more influential than influenced. Monet, for example, revered him. Boudin's impressionist affiliation was so strong that he exhibited at the first of the movement's group shows in 1874.

AGNSW Handbook, 1999.


Details


Other Title

The beach at Grandchamps


Alternative title

La plage


Date

1864


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on panel


Dimensions

30.9 x 47.1 cm panel; 42.0 x 59.0 x 4.3 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., brown oil "E. Boudin - 1864".


Credit

Purchased 1926


Accession number

1123


Artist information

Eugène Boudin

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Provenance


Barbizon House, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Barbizon House 1926


Referenced in 15 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Celebrity choice: Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge (exh brochure), Sydney, 1983, np.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, col illus p 29.

Ruth L. Benjamin, Eugène Boudin, New York, 1937, p 171.

L. Cairo, Eugène Boudin: Maîtres de l'art moderne, Paris, 1928, p 61, illus pl 5. Described in list of illustrations on p 61 as 'Plage d'Honfleur' without further details

Renée Free, Art and Australia, vol 10, no 1, 'European collection', Sydney, Jul 1972, pp 63, 73.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Paintings and Sculpture', Sydney, 1999, pp 17–77: p 36, col illus p 36.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Art Gallery of New South Wales: exhibition of continental art, Sydney, 1940, no 46.

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Rehanging the Old Courts', Heidelberg, Mar 1997, p 9.

Frank Rutter, Sunday Times, ‘Art in Australia – new purchases for Sydney – errors of the past’, London, 24 Sep 1933, p 12.

Ross Steele, Art and Australia, 'French Impressions', Sydney, Spring 1984, pp 87–93: pp 87–88, col illus p 89.

T. Martin Wood, The Studio, vol 64, no 266, 'The Edmund Davis Collection', London, May 1915, pp 229–45: pp 241–44, col illus p 245.

New South Wales Art Gallery pictures, Sydney, 1931, np, illus pl 36.

An exhibition of French art at the National Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney, 1944, p 6, no 75.

Barbizon House 1926: an illustrated record, London, 1926, np, no 18, illus.

Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, vol 6, no 2, Sydney, Jan 1965, pp 222–25: p 222, illus p 223.