This show is devoted to the work of Eugène Boudin (1824-1898),an artist who has often been overlooked in the history of French Impressionism. The 49 works in the exhibition include small-scale paintings of tourists at fashionable Normandy resorts, works with which Boudin made his reputation. The hoopskirts, parasols and crinolines of fashionable ladies on beaches and promenades are painted with charm, yet also with a degree of ironic detachment. They range from oil sketches and watercolors to highly finished exhibition pictures. Their fresh palette and accuracy of detail earned the admiration of contemporaries such as Camille Corot (1796-1875) (who called Boudin "the king of the skies."), Edouard Manet (1832-83) and Gustave Courbet (1819-77). Like these artists, Boudin was a strong advocate of painting from nature and greatly influenced the Impressionists who followed him, notably Claude Monet (1840-1926), who once said "I owe everything to Boudin."
In addition to Boudin's paintings and drawings of vacationers, the exhibition includes images of the inhabitants of Normandy and Brittany pursuing their daily activities - as fishermen and sailors and aboard commercial vessels
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