We continue to experience painting with you in a new way and are pleased to propose ‘One minute with Eugène Boudin’, through a work full of charm entitled ‘Le bassin de Deauville’ from 1877.
Françoise and Florence Chibret-Plaussu
One minute with Eugène Boudin
A pioneer in open-air painting at a time when official painting was frozen in convention and produced in a workshop, Boudin declared:
‘three strokes of a brush in nature are better than two days at an easel’.
In this view of Deauville, Boudin is indeed the ‘King of Skies’ as Corot called him, he pursues an ideal:
‘to swim through the sky – to grasp the delicacies of the clouds, to suspend the masses of the background and to make the azure erupt’.
Who better than Boudin could paint one of these cloudy skies on which stands a flotilla of finely detailed schooners as freely?
This delicate painting is the very essence of a typical Norman sky of which Boudin, an instinctive impressionist, has become the incomparable master.
His quivering touch exalts the values of sketching and suggestion, effects that the impressionists, and especially Monet, who was one of his friends, would amplify.
For your information, you will soon discover another view of Deauville by Eugène Boudin acquired from our gallery by the Impressionism Museum in Giverny.
Le bassin de Deauville
– Sale « Boudin », Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 19 April 1888, n°33
– Collection Jannez Jeune. Sale to Galerie Durand-Ruel 20 September 1899
– Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris
– Sale, Galerie Motte, Genève, 27-29 june 1969, n° 383
– Private collection, Switzerland
– Private collection, Europe
– « Eugène Boudin », Galerie Motte, Geneva, 27 – 29 june 1969, n°383
– Robert Schmit, « Eugène Boudin », Tome I, n°1197, p. 413.
Price upon request. Contact us.