Eugène Boudin

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Eugène Louis Boudin (12 July 1824 - 8 August 1898) was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors. Boudin was a Marine art painter, and expert in the rendering of all that goes upon the sea and along its shores. His pastels, summary and economic, garnered the splendid eulogy of w:Baudelaire; Corot called him the 'king of the skies'.

Quotes of Eugène Boudin[edit]

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  • Nature is richer than I represent it.. .Nature is so beautiful that when I am not tortured by poverty I am tortured by her splendor. How fortunate we are to be able to see and admire the glories of the sky and earth; if only I could be content just to admire them. But there is always the torment of struggling to reproduce them, the impossibility of creating anything within the narrow limits of painting.
    • In his Journal, (March 1854); as quoted in Eugène Boudin, G. Jean-Aubrey & Robert Schmit, Greenwich, New York graphic society, 1968, p. 24

  • Everything that is painted directly and on the spot always has strength, a power, and a vivacity of touch one cannot recover in the studio.. .Three strokes of the brush in front of nature are worth more than two days of work at the easel [in the studio].
    • As quoted in Boudin at Trouville, by Vivien Hamilton, exh. Catalogue, London John Murray Ltd., 1992, p. 16

  • If you have passed one month among the people condemned to hard work in the fields, with black bread and water, and you then find that gang of golden parasites ['nos petites poupées', he called the women from Paris; the rich and super-rich to spend their summers in Deauville and Trouville.] with such a triumphant air, you can't help feeling a bit of pity.
    • As quoted in exh. text; 'Eugène Boudin', ed. Christoph Bode, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, July 2013

Quotes about Eugène Boudin[edit]

  • If you have had the leisure to acquaint yourself with these meteorological beauties, you will be able to verify, by memory, the exactness of Monsieur Boudin's observations. Hide the legend with your hand, and you will still be able to guess correctly at the season, the hour and the wind. I don’t exaggerate one bit. I've seen it. Ultimately all these fantastically shaped, luminous clouds, this chaotic darkness, these immense expanses of green and pink, each hung and added on to the next, these gaping furnaces, these purple and black satin firmaments, crumpled, rolled or torn, these horizons in mourning or running with molten metal, all these depths, all these splendours, go to my head like an intoxicating liquor or like the eloquence of opium.. .It's a curious thing, but it never occurred to me once, in front of these liquid or aerial wonders, to complain about the absence of man.
  • There at the moment in Honfleur... Boudin and Jongkind are here; we get on marvelously.. ..There's lots to be learned and nature begins to grow beautiful..
    • In a letter to his friend w:Frédéric Bazille, 1864; quoted in Creativity in art and science, 1860-1960., Edward B. Henning, Cleveland Museum of Art. (1987), p. 95
  • [if other artists would visit Boudin] they would then understand what they [the starting Impressionists in Paris] do not seem to understand, namely the difference between a sketch and a picture.. .He well knows that all this must be made into a picture by applying poetic impression recalled at will; he is not pretentious enough to claim that his sketches are finished pictures.
  • As to the 'king of skies', I think I've already told you that I consider Eugène Boudin to be my master. I became fascinated with his sketches, daughters of what I call instantaneousness.
    • Claude Monet, (1920), to his biographer w:Gustave Geffroy; as quoted in exhibition text: 'Eugène Boudin', ed. Christoph Bode, Musée Jacquemart-André, 2013
    • Boudin was the first art-teacher for Monet, already in Le Havre when Monet was c. 17 years old

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