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Best known for his marine paintings, Eugène Boudin was a pioneer of outdoor painting and is regarded as one of the forerunners of the Impressionist movement. As the son of a sea captain, Boudin spent his early years working on his father’s steamboat in his hometown of Honfleur, in Normandy, which prompted a lifelong passion for the sea. Inspired by the en plein air approach pioneered by the artists of the Barbizon school, Boudin began working directly from nature, frequently visiting the coasts of Northern France, including Étaples, where the present work was executed in 1890. There he depicted animated scenes of ships at sea with dramatic skies, earning him the title ‘King of the skies,’ by Corot. Today, Boudin is remembered as an important influence on the early Impressionists and an artist who bridged the transition from 19th-century naturalism to late 19th century Impressionism. As well as being found at the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur, his famous waterscapes can be found in the most prestigious museum collections worldwide.

Date:  1890
Period:  19th century, 1850-1900
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed and dated lower left, E Boudin 90
Dimensions: 41 x 55.4 cm (16¹/₈ x 21³/₄ inches)
Provenance: Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 24th May 1929
Collection of Gustave Cahen, Paris, acquired from the above
Galerie Marseille, Paris 
Private collection, Paris
Literature: Robert Schmit, Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre peint d'Eugène Boudin, 1824-1898, vol. 3, Imprimerie Union, Paris, 1973, illustrated p.25
Exhibitions: Paris, Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Eugène Boudin, 1899, no. 296 
Paris, Alfred Daber, Jongkind, Boudin, 1951, no. 26 (titled Flotille de Pêche au Large)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints