The National Museum of Western Art

update 13 June 2019

on display Permanent collection

Eugène Boudin [Honfleur, 1824 - Deauville, 1898]

Beach of Trouville

Date1867
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)63 x 89
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower left: E. Boudin. 67.
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Schmit 403
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1985-0001
Beach of Trouville

Boudin's creation of numerous outdoor sketches meant that he left few large-scale works. He only created 91 works for the Salon during his career and only painted 15 works before 1870. The most important of these early lively, powerful works is Tourville Bay of 1860 now in the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts. The work here ranks second in importance to the Minneapolis work. In the last part of his critique of the 1859 Salon, Baudelaire makes the following warning, "Here we lack works that bring together the scale and beauty born in the gathering of people and monuments that I have to call urban landscapes." It is not clear whether Boudin moved to take this advice, but with the Minneapolis work in the salon of the following year, Beach at Tourville (Private collection, Upperville) in the 1866 Salon and this work, he changed his focus from natural landscape scenes to groups of people gathered at the beaches, rendering them in a frieze-like form. Tourville, a site that Boudin visited incessantly during this period, was known as the most popular resort for Parisians escaping the heat of summer, and one could clearly see the "modern life" mentioned by Baudelaire at this coastal resort. This work was one of the results of Boudin's experiments with outdoor scenes of groups of people that he began in 1860. Boudin's sky, with its broad sense of depth created by brush nuances, fits Baudelaire's description of the "world of meteorological beauty." Boudin painted the lively, bright sense of beach resort life in the groups below this sky, arranging them in a frieze-like band across the canvas. The overall gray tone of the painting further emphasizes the strong red accents. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.69)

Provenance

Galerie Georges Petit, Paris; Francisco Llobet, Buenos Aires; Baronne Alexandrine de Rothschild, Paris; Rosenberg & Stiebel Inc., New York; Henry Ford II, Detroit; Auc. Henry Ford II, Christie’s New York, May 13, 1980, no. 1; Pierre Jourdan-Barry, Paris; Galerie Schmit, Paris; Purchased by the NMWA, 1985.

Exhibition History

1867
Salon de 1867, Paris, 1867 - 1867, cat. no. 180
1984
Eugène Boudin 1824-1898, Galerie Schmit, Paris, 1984 - 1984, cat. no. 13, repr.
1988
Paintings by French Artists from the Late 19th Century in Japanese Collections, The State Puskin Museum, Moscow, 12 January 1988 - 10 February 1988, The State Hermitage Museum, Leningrard, 16 February-24 March, cat. no. 8, repr.
1995
[Exhibition for Children] Exploring Mysterious Painted World, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11 July 1995 - 10 September 1995
1996
The Crossing Visions: European and Modern Japanese Art from the Collections of The National Museum of Western Art & The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 20 July 1996 - 8 September 1996, cat. no. 1
2000
Tanka at the National Museum of Western Art: An Encounter between Poet and Art, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 25 July 2000 - 29 October 2000, cat. no. 35
2013
Monet, An Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings, Pola Museum of Art, 13 July 2013 - 24 November 2013, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 7 December 2013-9 March 2014, cat. no. 5, col. repr.
2014
The Rings from The Hashimoto Collection of The National Museum of Western Art, The National Museum of Western Art, 8 July 2014 - 15 September 2014, cat. no. 289
2015
Japan's Love for Impressionism: From Monet to Renoir, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 8 October 2015 - 21 February 2016, cat. no. 66, col. repr.

Bibliography

1867
Darcel, Alfred. Les artistes normands au Salon de 1867. Rouen, 1867, p. 6.
1924
Colección Francisco Llobet: pintura moderna 1830-1924. Primer Salón de la Sociedad Amigos del Arte, Buenos Aires, July 12, 1924, no. 63, repr.
1930
Portalègre, B. de. La collection Llobet. L’Amour de l’Art. no. 7, July, 1930, pp. 282, 287, repr.
1973
Schmit, Robert. Eugène Boudin 1824-1898. 4 vols, Paris, 1973-1984, no. 403, repr.
1980
Burge, Christopher. The Henry Ford II Sale. Christie’s Review of the Season 1980. London, 1980, pp. 144, 148, repr.
1982
Selz, Jean. E. Boudin. Paris, 1982, p. 39, repr.
1987
Jean-Aubry, G.; Schmit, Robert. Eugène Boudin. Neuchâtel, 1987, p. 87, repr.
1988
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 20 (1985), 1988, Mabuchi, Akiko. New Acquisitions 1985. pp. 2, 9-11, col. repr, Catalogue of the New Acquisitions 1985. pp. 18-19.
1989
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1989 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 55, repr.
1990
Catalogue of painting acquisitions: 1979-1989. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1990, pp. 19-20.
2009
Masterpieces of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art; Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2009, no. 69, col. repr.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 81, col. repr.

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