Object Description

Born in Trouville, France, Eugène Boudin is known for his paintings of the sea. In 1835 his family moved to Le Havre, where Boudin began working as an assistant to his father. There he came into contact with local artists and exhibited the paintings of Constant Troyon (1810-1865) and Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) in his stationery shop, who, along with Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855) and Thomas Couture (1815-1879) encouraged young Boudin to follow an artistic career.

At the age of 22 he abandoned the world of commerce, began painting full-time, and travelled to Paris and then through Flanders. In 1850 he earned a scholarship that enabled him to stay in Paris, although he often returned to paint in Normandy and, from 1855, made regular trips to Brittany.

He was profoundly influenced by Dutch 17th Century masters and on meeting the Dutch painter Johan Jongkind (1819-1891), who had already made his mark in French artistic circles, Boudin was encouraged by him to paint outdoors (en plein air).

In 1857 Boudin met the young Claude Monet who spent several months working in Boudin’s studio. They 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.

He debuted at the Paris Salon in 1859 and received a third place medal at the Paris Salon of 1881 followed by a gold medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle. In 1892 he was made a knight of the Légion d’honneur.


Object History

M. Sonnerville, Bordeaux (acquired directly from the artist)
William Hallsborough Ltd., London
Lock Galleries, New York (acquired by 1967)
The Armand Hammer Foundation, Los Angeles (stock no. AHC 80,018, cat no. 48, acquired by 1968)
Sale: Christie’s, 2 July 1974, lot 26 (titled La plage à Trouville, purchased by Bossard for $47,020)
Private Collection, California
Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco
Private Collection, Canada (acquired from the above in 2012)
Private Collection, United Kingdom

Object Literature

New York, Hammer Galleries, 40th Anniversary Loan Exhibition 1928-1968, Masterworks of the XIXth and XXth Century, 1968, p. 12 (titled La plage à Trouville, dated c.1882, illustrated) Memphis, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, 1969, no. 28 (illustrated); Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution, 1970, no. 29 (titled Beach at Trouville (La plage à Trouville), dated c.1882, incorrect medium, illustrated); Kansas City, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, 1970; New Orleans, Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, 1970; Columbus, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, 1970; Little Rock, Arkansas Art Center, 1971; San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1971; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Art Center, 1971; San Diego, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, 1971; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971-72, no. 16 (titled Beach at Trouville, incorrect medium); London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1972, no. 16; Dublin, The National Gallery of Ireland, 1972; Leningrad, The Hermitage Museum, 1972; Moscow, The Pushkin Museum, 1972-73; Kiev, State Museum of Fine Art of the Ukraine Soviet Socialist Republic, 1973; Minsk, State Fine Art Museum, 1973; Riga, State Museum of Foreign Fine Arts, 1973; Odessa, Fine Arts Museum, 1973; Caracas, Fine Arts Museum, 1975; Lima, Italian Art Museum, 1975; Tokyo, Ikebukuro-Seibu Museum, 1975; Kyoto, Japan, 1975; Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefectural Culture Center Museum, 1976; Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Museum, 1976; Nashville, Tennessee Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, 1976; Mexico City, Palace of Fine Arts, 1977; Paris, Jacquemart-André Museum, 1977; Malibu, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977; Atlanta, The High Museum of Art, 1977-78; Denver, The Denver Art Museum, 1978 (stock no. SE.1978.3.16, titled Beach at Trouville); New York, Albright-Knox Gallery, 1978; Edinburgh, The National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy, 1978; Oslo, National Gallery of Norway, 1978-79; Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, 1979; Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, 1979-80; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1980; Washington D.C., Corcoran Gallery and School of Art, 1980; Palm Beach, Norton Gallery and School of Art, 1981; Cincinatti, Cincinatti Art Museum, 1981; Lexington, University of Kentucky Art Museum, 1981-82; Beijing, China Art Gallery, 1982; Huntington, Huntington Galleries, 1982; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1983; Hungary, The Fine Arts Museum of Hungary, 1983; Belgrade, National Museum of Belgrade, 1983; Prague, Nationals Gallery of Art, 1983-84; Tulsa, Philbrook Art Center, 1984; Los Angeles, Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, 1984; Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, 1984; Albuquerque, The Albuquerque Museum, 1985; Birmingham, Birmingham Museum of Art, 1985; Palm Beach, The Norton Gallery and School of Art, 1985; Palm Springs, Palm Springs Desert Museum, 1986; Leningrad, The Hermitage Museum, 1986; Moscow, State Art Gallery, 1986; Novosibirsk, Regional Picture Gallery, 1986; Odessa, Odessa Fine Art Museum, 1986; Kiev, Kiev State Museum of Ukraine Fine Art, 1986; Tbilisi, State Museum of Art of the Georgian SSR, 1986-87; Louisville, JB Speed Art Museum, 1987; Holyoke, The Heritage State Park, 1987, The Armand Hammer Collection: Five Centuries of Masterpieces, 1969-87

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