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Eugène Boudin


12 Jul 1824 - 08 Aug 1898


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.


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


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Eugène Boudin

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


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.