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Eugène Boudin

looks at the life and works of Eugène Boudin (1824-1898), a French artist who painted seascapes, beach scenes, and landscapes. Note how his paintings capture the light on water and clouds. See why another great artist called Boudin "king of the skies." (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

Boudin played a critical role in promoting plein-air (outdoor) painting in France: in addition to his own artistic contributions, he was the first to introduce the young Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) to the pleasures and challenges of painting directly from nature. As Monet would much later comment, "If I have become a painter, I owe it to Eugène Boudin."
Eugène Boudin, 'Women on the Beach at Berck,' 1881.  oil on wood, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection

Women on the Beach at Berck


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