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Eugène Boudin (Eugène Louis Boudin)


Eugene Boudin Painting - Washerwomen By The River by Eugene Boudin

Washerwomen By The River

Eugene Boudin Painting - Venice. Santa Maria Della Salute From San Giorgio by Eugene Boudin

Venice. Santa Maria Della Salute From San Giorgio

Eugene Boudin Painting - On The Beach At Trouville by Eugene Boudin

On The Beach At Trouville

Eugene Boudin Painting - Etaples Les Bords De La Canche by Eugene Boudin

Etaples Les Bords De La Canche

Eugene Boudin Painting - Boats In Trouville Harbor by Eugene Boudin

Boats In Trouville Harbor

Eugene Boudin Painting - Deauville Flag-decked Ships In The Inner Harbor by Eugene Boudin

Deauville Flag-decked Ships In The Inner Harbor

Eugene Boudin Painting - Laundresses By A Stream by Eugene Boudin

Laundresses By A Stream

Eugene Boudin Painting - Camaret Le Toulinguet by Eugene Boudin

Camaret Le Toulinguet

Eugene Boudin Painting - Deauville The Terrace by Eugene Boudin

Deauville The Terrace

Eugene Boudin Painting - The Entrance To Trouville Harbour by Eugene Boudin

The Entrance To Trouville Harbour

Eugene Boudin Painting - The Beach At Tourgeville-les-sablons by Eugene Boudin

The Beach At Tourgeville-les-sablons

Eugene Boudin Painting - The Beach by Eugene Boudin

The Beach

Eugene Boudin Painting - Women On The Beach At Berck by Eugene Boudin

Women On The Beach At Berck

Eugene Boudin Painting - Washerwomen On The Beach Of Etretat by Eugene Boudin

Washerwomen On The Beach Of Etretat

Venice, Santa Maria della Salute from San Giorgio

The Bay of Fourmis

The beach

Washerwomen by the River

Beach at Trouville

Figures on the Beach in Trouville

The Square of the Church of Saint Vulfran in Abbeville

Etretat. The Cliff of Aval

Venice, The Grand Canal

The River Touques at Saint-Arnoult

Beach Scene, Trouville

Beach Scene, Trouville

Brussels Harbour

Deauville Harbour

Laundresses by a Stream

L'Hôpital-Camfrout, Brittany

The Beach at Tourgéville-les-Sablons

The Entrance to Trouville Harbour

Beach at Etretat

Beach at Trouville

Boats in Trouville Harbor

Camaret, Le Toulinguet

Deauville, Flag-Decked Ships in the Inner Harbor

Deauville, the Terrace

Etaples, les Bords de la Canche

Le Cap, Antibes

View of Trouville

Dusk over the Port of Le Havre

Atlantic coast at Bénerville

The beach at Trouville

Empress Eugenie on the beach of Trouville

Channel in Bruxelles

Moles of Deauville

Piazzetta San Marco in Venice



Beach of Trouville

Beach of Trouville


Beach scene


Cavalcade Havraise



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The beach

Eugene Boudin

Eugène Louis Boudin (French: [budɛ̃]; 12 July 1824 – 8 August 1898) was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors. Boudin was a marine painter, and expert in the rendering of all that goes upon the sea and along its shores. His pastels, summary and economic, garnered the splendid eulogy of Baudelaire; and Corot called him the "king of the skies".[1]


Born at Honfleur, he was the son of a harbor pilot, and at age 10 the young boy worked on a steamboat that ran between Le Havre and Honfleur. In 1835 the family moved to Le Havre, where Boudin's father opened a store for stationery and picture frames. Here the young Eugene worked, later opening his own small shop. Boudin's father had thus abandoned seafaring, and his son gave it up too, having no real vocation for it, though he preserved to his last days much of a sailor's character: frankness, accessibility, and open-heartedness.

In his shop, in which pictures were framed, Boudin came into contact with artists working in the area and exhibited in the shop the paintings of Constant Troyon and Jean-François Millet, who, along with Jean-Baptiste Isabey and Thomas Couture whom he met during this time, encouraged young Boudin to follow an artistic career. At the age of 22 he abandoned the world of commerce, started painting full-time, and traveled to Paris the following year and then through Flanders. In 1850 he earned a scholarship that enabled him to move to Paris, although he often returned to paint in Normandy and, from 1855, made regular trips to Brittany.
Sailboats at Trouville, 1884, Yale University Art Gallery, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon.

Dutch 17th-century masters profoundly influenced him, and on meeting the Dutch painter Johan Jongkind, who had already made his mark in French artistic circles, Boudin was advised by his new friend to paint outdoors (en plein air). He also worked with Troyon and Isabey, and in 1859 met Gustave Courbet who introduced him to Charles Baudelaire, the first critic to draw Boudin’s talents to public attention when the artist made his debut at the 1859 Paris Salon.

In 1857/58 Boudin befriended the young Claude Monet, then only 18, and persuaded him to give up his teenage caricature drawings and to become a landscape painter, helping to instill in him a love of bright hues and the play of light on water later evident in Monet's Impressionist paintings. The two remained lifelong friends and Monet later paid tribute to Boudin’s early influence. Boudin joined Monet and his young friends in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874, but never considered himself a radical or innovator.

Boudin’s growing reputation enabled him to travel extensively in the 1870s. He visited Belgium, the Netherlands and southern France, and from 1892 to 1895 made regular trips to Venice. He continued to exhibit at the Paris Salons, receiving a third place medal at the Paris Salon of 1881, and a gold medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle. In 1892 Boudin was made a knight of the Légion d'honneur, a somewhat tardy recognition of his talents and influence on the art of his contemporaries.

Late in his life he returned to the south of France as a refuge from ill-health, and recognizing soon that the relief it could give him was almost spent, he returned to his home at Deauville, to die within sight of Channel waters and under the Channel skies he had painted so often.

The Eugène Boudin Prize is an award given by the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Among the laureates of this award, the following painters were nominated:

Maurice Boitel, in 1989.


Public Domain Wedmore, Frederick (1911). "Eugène Boudin". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 314. This contains a detailed discussion of his works.
Gustave Cahen, Eugène Boudin (Paris, 1899); Arsène Alexandre, Essais; Frederick Wedmore, Whistler and Others (1906).

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