Eugène Boudin (18241898) was renowned for his sea and shoreline scenes, and was one of the first French artists to take his easel outdoors when painting landscapes. In his many works, he paid particular attention to his rendering of the elements and atmospheric conditions. He was one of the initiators of a renewed vision of nature, a forerunner to the Impressionists. His friend Claude Monet wrote, at the end of his life, I owe everything to Boudin.
Over the years, Boudins palette became brighter and his painterly touch lightened, allowing him to better transcribe the reflections of the sky and water. From Normandy to Venice, which he discovered late in life, to the beaches of Bretagne and both northern and southern France, Boudin painted ever-changing landscapes in a subtle harmony of variegated grey tones. Eugène Boudin, a virtuoso master of the sky, consummately rendered the shifting elements of light, clouds and waves.
Laurent Manoeuvre is the curator of the exhibition and curator of National Museums. Painter himself, he is a specialist of Eugène Boudin and wrote several studies and books about the artist. He also participated at many exhibitions in France and around the world.
Accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris (22 March 22 July 2013)