Trouville, Forward Port

Eugène-Louis Boudin

French, 1824 - 1898

Trouville, Forward Port, ca. 1892 - 96

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Oil on panel

Dimensions: 15 1/16 × 18 1/4 in. (38.3 × 46.4 cm)
Image: 21 1/2 × 25 × 3 1/2 in. (54.6 × 63.5 × 8.9 cm)

Gift of The Whiting Foundation, 1985.39

Eugène-Louis Boudin’s landscapes represent a stylistic bridge between the realists of Gustave Courbet’s generation and the subsequent groundbreaking movement of Impressionism. He was a major proponent of painting directly from nature (en plein-air), and was very interested in the effects of light and atmosphere, both of which became important features of Impressionism. Boudin’s style of naturalism had a dedicated following of artists who were attracted to the clarity of his palette, which he achieved from working in direct sunlight. They also appreciated the charm of his subject matter, primarily marine and harbor scenes of coastal resort towns, as in Trouville, l’avant port. He was particularly skilled in representing clouds, earning him the accolade of the “king of skies” from renowned Barbizon artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.

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