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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED CANADIAN COLLECTION

Eugène Boudin
TROUVILLE, LA GOUVERNANTE
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 100,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED CANADIAN COLLECTION

Eugène Boudin
TROUVILLE, LA GOUVERNANTE
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 100,000 USD
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Eugène Boudin
1824 - 1898
TROUVILLE, LA GOUVERNANTE
Signed E. Boudin (lower left); dated '70 and inscribed Trouville  (lower right)
Oil on cradled panel
5 by 8 5/8 in.
12.7 by 21.9 cm
Painted in Trouville in 1870.
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Provenance

Sale: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, February 28, 1878, lot 25
Émile Strauss, Paris (and sold: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 3, 1929, lot 28)
M. Knoedler & Co., New York (acquired at the above sale)
Private Collection, Canada (acquired from the above in 1929)
Thence by descent

Literature

Robert Schmit, Eugène Boudin 1824-1898, vol. I, Paris, 1973, no. 510, illustrated p. 189

Catalogue Note

The present work is an elegant early example of Boudin's favorite subject: the fashionably dressed figures on the beaches of Trouville. Having settled in Paris after his marriage in 1863, Boudin traveled to Trouville every summer in the ensuing decade. Jean Selz wrote: “What fascinated Boudin at Trouville and Deauville was not so much the sea and ships but the groups of people sitting on the sand or strolling along the beach: fine ladies in crinolines twirling their parasols, pompous gentlemen in top hats, children and little dogs playing on the sand. In the harmony of the colors of the elegant clothes he found a contrast to the delicacy of the skies” (Jean Selz, Eugène Boudin, New York, 1982, p. 57).

Trouville had become a fashionable summer retreat for the French middle classes, and their colorful costumes feature in Boudin's work throughout his career. Boudin often worked in quick, impressionistic brushstrokes highlighted by bright blue and red tones. The artist was fascinated by the contrast between these densely grouped men and women set against expanses of the sky. Boudin's interest in nature's fleeting effect on these well-dressed groups would provide inspiration for a young generation of Impressionists including Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

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