• France, 1897
  • Oil on panel
  • Inv. 2282
  • Signed and dated: E. Boudin 97

Trouville-Deauville – Low Tide

Eugène Boudin

This painting depicts the port of Trouville-Deauville harbour where the molo and lighthouse are visible, and falls into a vast set of works that Boudin produced at the same location. The horizontal brushstrokes used to depict the water are executed in a clearly Impressionist style, while the sky, formed by a heavy mass of clouds, is common to Boudin’s work.

Thus, this work, a piece produced late in his long life, attests to the constant concern which drove him to ensure the freshness of the first impression, which, as he once stated, ‘est la bonne’. By representing the sky and the sea through the use of grey harmonies interrupted by pure notes of bright colour, Boudin is also here seeking to simplify the scene, remaining faithful to the idea, above all, of capturing a rapid glance.

Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian from Madame Löwenstein, Paris, 26 November 1936.

H. 31 cm; W. 40 cm

Schmit 1973

Robert Schmit, Eugène Boudin (1824–1898). Paris: L’Imprimerie Union, 1973, vol. III, p. 386, no. 3633.

Sampaio 2009

Luísa Sampaio, Painting in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Lisbon/Milan: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum/Skira, 2009, pp. 202–3, cat. 90.

Updated on 15 june 2022

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