Description & Technical information

The painting shows groups of holiday makers taking the air at the beach. Eugene Boudin worked a great deal on the Normandy coast, especially at the fashionable resorts of Trouville and Deauville.  Eugène dedicated himself entirely to observing a new fashion, beach tourism on the Normandy coast. The French side of the channel coastline, initially frequented in the first half of the 19th century for its health-giving qualities, after 1850 became the resort of the French and English high society. Always painting in the open air, Boudin caught moments as they happened, revealing a society of crinolines and frock coats, with the Normandy beaches as glittering as any Paris salon.


Period:  1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  France
Signature: Signed 'E. Boudin' and inscribed (lower margin)

Dimensions: 18.29 x 32.77 cm (7¹/₄ x 12⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: 

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:  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)

Literature: 
J. Aubry, Eugène Boudin, Paris, 1922
Art News, New York, 1967, p. 53 (titled Beach Scene, Trouville, dated c.1882, illustrated)
F. Daulte, "Hammer en dix chefs d'oeuvre" in Connaissance des arts, 1970, pp. 82-83, no. 223 (titled La plage à Trouville,
dated c.1882, illustrated)
M. S. Young, "The Hammer Collection: Paintings" in Apollo, vol. 95, 1972, p. 444, fig. 3 (titled The Beach at Trouville,
incorrect medium, illustrated)
R. Schmit, Eugène Boudin, 1824-1898, vol. II, Paris, 1973, p. 392, no. 234 (illustrated)
J. Walker, ed., The Armand Hammer Collection, New York, 1980, pp. 84-85, no. 21 (titled Beach at Trouville, illustrated)
S. B. Robinson, ed., The French Impressionists in Southern California: Paintings, Sculpture and Prints in Public Collections, Los
Angeles, 1984, p. 170
The Armand Hammer Collection, Los Angeles, 1985, p. 88, no. 48 (titled Beach at Trouville, incorrect medium, illustrated)

Exhibitions: 
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;


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