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Title A Beach near Trouville
Collection Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
Artist Boudin, Eugène (French painter, 1824-1898)
Date 1895 (dated)
Signed yes

This scene was painted on the spot and it is dated 11th October 1895. Boudin was born nearby on the Normandy coast and he painted its beaches and harbours throughout his career. This is a more solitary scene than many, with a single distant fisherwoman under a typically lively and spacious sky.

Boudin taught and inspired Monet in the 1860s. His resolve to paint what he called 'the simple beauties of nature . . . in all its variety, its freshness' anticipated the aims of the Impressionists.

Current Accession Number 51.1
Inscription front lr 'E. Boudin 95', 'Trouville', '11 Octobre 95'
Subject landscape (Le Havre)
Measurements 54.6 x 81.7 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd. 1951 for 1,150.
Provenance Tauber, 1926; R. Gérard, 1930.
Principal Exhibitions Recent Acquisitions, Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd., London, 1950, cat. no. 9; French Impressionism: Treasures from the Midlands, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, 1991, pp. 38-9; Boudin at Trouville, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, 1992, cat. no. 47; Eugène Boudin en Normandie, Musée Eugène Boudin, Honfleur, 1998, cat. no. 204.
Publications Schmit, R., Eugène Boudin, 1824-1898, Paris, 1973, III, no. 3500; Nochlin, L., 'The First Resort', RA Magazine, Summer 2007, pp. 58-70.
Notes The view is probably taken from Hennequeville, looking across the mouth of the Seine towards Le Havre.
Rights Owner The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Author Dr Nicola Gauld/Barber Institute



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