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.
The beach at Grandchamps
oil on panel
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".
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Unknown, Barbizon House 1926, Barbizon House, London, 1926–1926
An exhibition of French art at the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Oct 1944–31 Oct 1944
Monet and the Impressionists, Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, 14 Feb 2009–17 May 2009
Barbizon House, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Barbizon House 1926
Referenced in 8 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 29 (colour illus.).
Barbizon House, (Barbizon House 1926), London, 1926, (illus.). cat.no. 18
Ruth L. Benjamin, Eugene Boudin, New York, 1937, 171. cat.no. 296
L. Cairo, The Edmund Davis Collection: Eugene Boudin, Paris, 1928, (colour illus.). plate no. 5
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Paintings and Sculpture', pg. 17-77, Sydney, 1999, 36 (colour illus.).
Ross Steele, Art and Australia, 'French Impressions', pg. 87-93, Sydney, Spring 1984, 87, 88, 89 (colour illus.).
Editor Unknown (Editor), An exhibition of French art at the National Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney, 1944, 6. cat.no. 75
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Studio, 'The Edmund Davis Collection', London, May 1915, 245.