Boudin is known for being one of the first plein-air painters. Directly painting from nature, Boudin is known for views of coastal towns, their harbors and beaches, especially in Brittany, Normandy and the Pas-de-Calais.
Profoundly influenced by 17th-century Dutch painting, he made his debut at the Salon in 1859, where his work— in which naturalist views are depicted with fluid brushstroke—was much admired by poet Charles Baudelaire, artist Gustave Courbet and Camille Corot, which heralded him as the ‘king of the skies.’
It was Boudin who was to become Claude Monet's first teacher, persuading him to paint out of doors, ‘nature truly seen in all its variety and freshness’ (Boudin), and in 1874, he was invited to participate in the first Impressionist exhibition.
A fore-runner of modern landscape painting, Eugène Boudin will remain associated with initiating new brushstroke techniques and compositions.
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Eugène Boudin (1824-1898), Catalogue raisonné, Galerie Schmit, Paris, 1973, vol. II, p. 270, plate 2010.
Sale Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 11 March 1909, no 20
Sale Devilder, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 21 November 1932, no 84
Alfred Daber, Paris
About Eugène Boudin
French, 1824-1898, Honfleur, France