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:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 11 Oct 2008–26 Jan 2009
- 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 15 publications
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.
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.
Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, vol 6, no 2, Sydney, Jan 1965, pp 222–25: p 222, illus p 223.
An exhibition of French art at the National Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney, 1944, p 6, no 75.
National Art Gallery of New South Wales: exhibition of continental art, Sydney, 1940, no 46.
Eugène Boudin, New York, 1937, p 171.
Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, col illus p 29.
New South Wales Art Gallery pictures, Sydney, 1931, np, illus pl 36.
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
Barbizon House 1926: an illustrated record, London, 1926, np, no 18, illus.
Celebrity choice: Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge (exh brochure), Sydney, 1983, np.