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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 8 publications

Bibliography


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.