Meet the Masters
BOUDIN, EUGENE (Boo-deen, Oo-Jeen) (1824-1898)
FAIR IN BRITTANY CORCORAN GALLERY
19th Century Realism Date: 1874 Size:10 1/2" x 18" Medium: Oil on Canvas
ARTIST - Eugene Boudin was a direct forerunner of Impressionism. He was born in Honfleur, France, son of a harbor pilot. He was destined for a life at sea until he fell overboard and his mother decided he had better work on land. Boudin worked as a clerk in an art supply store. He began to paint seascapes and harbor scenes. A French artist, Millet, bought art supplies at the shop and gave the young man criticism on his drawings. Boudin's art was not appreciated by the public but was admired by other artists. His favorite subjects were charmingly dressed ladies and gentlemen promenading on Normandy beaches. He also painted still lifes, landscapes and a few portraits.
PRINT - In the Fair in Brittany, Boudin painted a country fair in the province of Brittany, a farming area in northwestern France. If we look closely, we can see the white caps and collars that mark the costumes of women of this time and region. We can also see thatched cottages and a church spire in the distance which tell us about the architecture of this part of France.
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