EUGÈNE LOUIS BOUDIN
1824 - 1898
BRUXELLES, LE CANAL DE LOUVAIN
signed E. Boudin, dated 71 and indistinctly inscribed (lower left)
oil on panel
unframed: 38 by 58cm., 15 by 23in.
framed: 50 by 69cm., 19½ by 27in.
Painted in 1871.
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The board appears sound. There is some very minor frame abrasion towards the upper left corner. There are one or two very minor instances of reticulation. There is light surface dirt. This excepting, the work appears in excellent overall condition.
Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals fluorescence and retouching at the lower edge towards the lower right corner with further instances of spot retouching largely to the sky. These have been very sensitively executed.
The work is held in a gilded frame.
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Galerie Georges Petit, Paris
L. Bernard, Paris
Sale: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 11 May 1901, lot 15
M. Rosenberg, Paris (acquired by 1911)
Sir William van Horne, Montreal
Private Collection (acquired by descent from the above. Sold: Sotheby’s, New York, 4 May 2011, lot 417)
MacConnal-Mason Gallery, London
Robert Schmit, Eugène Boudin, Catalogue Raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, vol. I, Paris, 1973, cat. no.636, illustrated p.230
Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Exposition Eugène Boudin, 1900, no.15
Colloquially regarded as the 'grandfather of Impressionism', Eugène Boudin was one of the first French artists to expound the virtues of plein air painting, and was the catalyst for Claude Monet's progression from caricature and towards landscape painting. Taking Monet under his wing in the late 1850s, Boudin's influence was to loom large over Western art for generations to come.
The present work was painted in 1871 during Boudin's enforced exile from France during the Franco-Prussian war, during which period he had relocated to Antwerp. He subsequently made a number of return trips to Belgium in the following years. Boudin was greatly inspired by Dutch Golden Age painters, and the images of Dutch and Belgian waterways which he produced during this period strongly bear this influence.