Eugène BOUDIN (1824-1898) Marine, setting... - Lot 113 - Aponem

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Eugène BOUDIN (1824-1898) Marine, setting... - Lot 113 - Aponem
Eugène BOUDIN (1824-1898) Marine, setting sun, ca. 1885-1890 Oil on panel Signed lower right 27 x 22 cm Provenance: Family collection from the first half of the 20th century. History: Galeries Durand-Ruel (Paris), purchased from the artist before 1891 for 200F. Georges Feydeau (Paris). Hôtel Drouot, Paris, February 11, 1901, sale G. Feydeau, n°5 of the catalog, sold for 1020F. Galerie Durand-Ruel. Sold to the family of the present owner on January 11, 1926. Remained since in the same family. Bibliography : Eugène Boudin, catalog raisonné, tome II, n°2028. Considered as one of the precursors of Impressionism, Eugène-Louis Boudin is a French painter born in Honfleur in 1824 and died in Deauville in 1898. He was one of the first to paint landscapes outside a studio. Breaking with the taste of his time, he gave less importance to the subject represented than to the quality of the atmospheric study of a particular moment. This study, quickly executed in front of a fleeting motif is, according to Boudin, more valuable than a painting laboriously elaborated in the studio. It indeed conceals a power of suggestion and expresses a poetic quality. Thus, the painter made sure to leave his "finished" works the appearance of a sketch. The skies in Eugène Boudin's work are of capital importance and he was nicknamed the "king of skies" by the French painter Camille Corot and the "painter of meteorological beauties" by Charles Baudelaire. In a short biography he wrote in 1887, Boudin evoked his ambition to have had a "small part of influence in the movement that brought painting towards the study of great light, the open air and sincerity in the reproduction of the effects of the sky". In this panel found in the same collection of the current owner's grandfather, Boudin seems to have achieved a composition that is both masterful and slightly sketchy. The azure blue of the sky is revealed in a very large upper band, with boats sailing on a clear sea. As early as 1859, according to Beaudelaire, the sky studies are "prodigious magic of air and water". Indeed, the real quest of the painter remains the search for light. Boudin aspires above all to "seek its radiation, the fulguration, to condense it, to pursue it in its heat "1. 1Anne-Marie Bergeret-Gourbin, Eugène Boudin 1824-1898, op. cit. p. 84-85.
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