Eugène Boudin

1824 - 1898

Boudin was born at Honfleur, the son of a ship's captain. The centre of his early activities was Le Havre where he opened a framing shop, visited by painters, including Jean-Francois Millet, who encouraged him to take up painting. Boudin visited Paris, where he studied at the Louvre. He also established contact with painters of the Barbizon School.

Portrait of Eugène Boudin
Pierre Petit, ‘Portrait of Boudin’,  Archives Larousse, Paris
© Archives Larousse, Paris / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library 



Like Corot, Boudin was largely self-taught and he followed Corot's example in his preference for working directly from nature. The majority of his paintings are small landscapes of the harbours and beaches of the coast of northern France, informed by a sharp eye for social detail. In about 1856 Boudin met Claude-Oscar Monet and introduced him to outdoor painting. The two worked together in the later 1860s.

Related paintings

Beach Scene, Trouville
Eugène Boudin
about 1860-70
Beach Scene, Trouville
Beach Scene, Trouville
Eugène Boudin
about 1870-4
Beach Scene, Trouville
Beach Scene, Trouville
Eugène Boudin
1873
Beach Scene, Trouville
Beach at Trouville
Eugène Boudin
probably 1890s
Beach at Trouville
Brussels Harbour
Eugène Boudin
1871
Brussels Harbour
Deauville Harbour
Eugène Boudin
about 1888-90
Deauville Harbour
L'Hôpital-Camfrout, Brittany
Eugène Boudin
about 1870-2
L'Hôpital-Camfrout, Brittany
Laundresses by a Stream
Eugène Boudin
about 1885-90
Laundresses by a Stream

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