- Other Title
- The beach at Grandchamps
- Alternative title
- La plage
- Media category
- Materials used
- oil on panel
- 30.9 x 47.1 cm panel; 42.1 x 59.0 x 4.4 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., brown oil "E. Boudin - 1864".
- Purchased 1926
- Grand Courts
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Shown in 5 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
Monet and the Impressionists, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, 14 Feb 2009–17 May 2009
Monet: Impression sunrise, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 06 Jun 2019–01 Sep 2019
Grand Courts Collection Rehang, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Nov 2021–2025
Referenced in 16 publications
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.
Louis Cario, 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, The Sydney Modern Project. Transforming the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Past and present: the place of historical European art in Sydney', Sydney, 2022, pp 126–39: p 134.
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.
An exhibition of French art at the National Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney, 1944, p 6, no 75.
New South Wales Art Gallery pictures, Sydney, 1931, np, illus pl 36.
Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, vol 6, no 2, Sydney, Jan 1965, pp 222–25: p 222, illus p 223.
Barbizon House 1926: an illustrated record, London, 1926, np, no 18, illus.
Barbizon House, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Barbizon House 1926
Other works by Eugène Boudin
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