ID number: BIRBI-51.1
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Boudin, Eugène (1824-1898)
Title / Object name: A Beach near Trouville
Object type: Painting
Place made: Trouville
Date made: 1895
Materials: Oil on canvas
Measurements: 54.3 x 81.2 cm unframed; 76 x 103 x 11 cm framed
Provenance: Tauber Collection, 1926; R. Gerard Collection, 1950 (no.9); purchased from Arthur Tooth and Sons Ltd, London, 1951 for £1,150.
This scene was painted on the spot and it is dated the 11th October, 1895. Boudin was born nearby on the Normandy coast and he painted its beaches and harbours throughout his career. This is a more solitary scene than many, with a single distant fisherwoman under a typically lively and spacious sky.
Boudin taught and inspired Monet in the 1860s. His resolve to paint what he called ‘the simple beauties of nature ... in all its variety, its freshness’ anticipated the aims of the Impressionists.
Inscriptions / Translations: Signed, inscribed and dated l.r.: E. Boudin 95/Trouville/ 11 Octobre 95
Notes: Exhibited: Arthur Tooth and Sons Ltd, 'Recent Aquisitions', 1950 (no.9); 'French Impressionism: Treasures from the Midlands', Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 07 June 1991 - 18 August 1991, pp. 38-9; 'Boudin at Trouville', Burrell Collection, Glasgow, UK, 20 November 1992 - 28 February 1993, cat. no. 47; 'Eugène Boudin en Normandie', Musée Eugène Boudin, Honfleur, France, 04 July 1998 - 04 October 1998, cat. no. 204; 'Into the Light: French and British Painting from Impressionism to the Early 1920s', Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, UK, 15 December 2011 - 11 March 2012; 'Into the Light: French and British Painting from Impressionism to the Early 1920s', Compton Verney, UK, 31 March 2012 - 10 June 2012