Eugène Boudin

Trouville, La Nourrice

“I owe everything to Boudin and am grateful to him for my success.” [1]Claude Monet Born as the son of a sailor in Honfleur, on the

Rivage à Sainte-Adresse

“I see the artist’s exquisite originality, his large silvergray skies, his little figures so fine and witty of touch. There is a rare accuracy of


Eugène Boudin (1824 – 1898)
Eugène Boudin was born in Honfleur on the French Normandy coast as the son of a steamship captain. As a young man he opened a framing shop in Le Havre, where he met Jean-Francois Millet, who encouraged him to become a painter. Boudin then moved to Paris and came in contact with artists of the Barbizon School.

Largely self-taught, he preferred working directly from nature. His main subjects were seascapes, and the harbours and beaches of the Normandy coast, especially focusing on the changing effects of weather and light. Therefore, Camille Corot called him “the king of the skies”. In 1858, Boudin introduced the young Claude Monet to plein air painting. He is regarded as a forerunner of Impressionism.