Durand-Ruel, Paris Private Collection Private Collection (acquired circa 1950s) Thence by descent
Robert Schmit, Eugène Boudin 1824-1898, vol. III, Paris, 1973, no. 2604, illustrated p. 21
"To swim in the open sky. To achieve the tenderness of clouds. To suspend these masses in the distance, very far away in the grey mist, make the blue explode. I feel all this coming, dawning in my intentions. What joy and what torment! If the bottom were still, perhaps I would never reach these depths. Did they do better in the past? Did the Dutch achieve the poetry of clouds I seek? That tenderness of the sky which even extends to admiration, to worship: it is no exaggeration."— Boudin in his diary on December 3, 1856
This work is in good condition. The panel is sound. There is frame abrasion and minor associated loss to all four edge. There is a pigment loss at lower left corner. The image is slightly dirty and would benefit from a cleaning. There is a 1/2 inch loss at the right corner most likely due to frame abrasion. Under UV light: scattered strokes of inpainting to the sky and to the upper edge. A few additional strokes toward the left edge and a single pindot stroke to the center of the right edge. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.