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Eugene Boudin

"Time is a little gray. On this beach, there is hardly a boat, horses that carry the stone or clay, nothings. "


Notes of biography

Eugene Boudin is born in Honfleur in 1824. The son of a sailor, he works in a framing shop and stationery in the Havre, where he is in contact with artists in the neighborhood, he gradually discovers his vocation as a painter. He marvels at the deutsh and Flemish paintings of the 17th century during a trip he takes in 1948 in Belgium and Holland.
Eugene Boudin moves to Paris the following year studying painting with Eugene Isabey. He becomes friends with Courbet and Monet in 1858 and exhibits for the first time in 1859. Still academic, his painting with bright colors and light is noticed. Baudelaire becomes enthusiast.
Boudin is one of the first artists to work outdoors rather than in studio, always seeking the changing atmosphere of the moment. He influences Monet. In 1961, he meets Corot who nickname is the "king of the skies." That same year, he decides to share his life between Paris and Normandy.
Boudin's work is entirely turned towards the sea, focusing on marine, ports and beaches, with the emphasis shifting, to the elusive, subtle modifications to tones and lights constantly renewed. Boudin paints light, paints poetry of landscape. A technique is rapidly imposed to him, the only way to capture the imperceptible, his art, which looks like a sketch, announces impressionism. Boudin, the precursor, is involved in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 held at the photographer Nadar. They admire him. His exhibition in 1883 at Durand-Ruel is a grandiose success.
In 1898 while in Paris, Boudin, feeling near death, asks to die "face to the sea" and is transported in Deauville where he dies.

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Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
*« Eugène Boudin. L'oeuvre peint », 5 Vol. et 2 suppléments, R. Schmit, Ed. Galerie Schmit, Paris, 1973-1993 All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Boudin. Aquarelles et pastels », Cat., Musée du Louvre, Cab. des dessins, 1965
  • « E. Boudin d'après des docs inédits » G. Jean-Aubry, Bibl. des Arts Paris, 1968
  • « Eugène Boudin, roi des ciels », P. Lemoine, Bibl. des Arts, Paris, 1981
  • « A l'aube de l'Impressionnisme », Rudolf Koella, Ed. Skira et autres, 2000
  • « Eugène Boudin Rétrospective », coll., Ed. Musée Eugène-Boudin de Honfleur, 1992
  • « Eugène Boudin et la Bretagne », Denise Delouche, Ed. Palantines, 2000, rééd. 2011
  • « Eugène Boudin », Laurent Manoeuvre, cat., Ed. Musee Jacquemart-Andre, 2013
  • « Eugène Boudin », in revue Connaissance des Arts, hors-série, mars 2013
  • « Eugène Boudin - Les ciels », Sylvie Patin, Ed. des Falaises, 2013
  • « E. B. - L'atelier de la lumière », coll., cat., Ed. Musée A. Malraux, Le Havre, 2016
To read from the artist :
  • « Boudin raconté par lui-même: sa vie, son atelier, son oeuvre » Ed. Mayer, 1976
  • « Boudin - Dessins », Laurent Manoeuvre, Ed. Bibliothèque de l'Image, 2004
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+ IMPRESSIONNISM / 1855-1890 / Claude Monet, Frédéric Bazille, Berthe Morisot, Gustave Caillebotte, etc.
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