Arts Everyday Living: Boudin, Monet’s Teacher & Inspiration–Beach Scenes on Normandy Coast

 

 

Eugene Boudin, Beach at Trouville, 1864/1865, oil on wood, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

French artist Eugene Boudin (1824-1898) was a pioneer in marine themes, especially beach scenes, full of tourists enjoying the ocean air along the coast of Normandy.  He also inspired the young Monet (1840-1926) to embark on a career of outdoor painting, full of color and light, that would lead to what is now considered the Impressionist style.

 

Eugene Boudin, The Beach at Villerville, 1864, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

 

 

Eugene Boudin, Jetty and Wharf at Trouville, 1863, oil on wood, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

 

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