Eugene Boudin (1824-1898)

French

Recognized as the most original marine painter of the last century, Eugene Boudin became the chief progenitor of marine impressionism and one of the most important influences on the emerging impressionist school. There are few major collections or museums of any substance that omit the art of this pivotal artist.

Born in Honfleur on the Normandy coast, Boudin revolutionized marine painting by shunning the established drama of earlier romantic seascapes of storm tossed seas and shipwrecks to concentrate on calm visions of peaceful harbors and coastal views. He was one of the first artists to work out of doors directly from nature and was also the first to inspire and nurture the developing talent of his young student, Claude Monet.

Boudin was featured in the first and second ever impressionist art exhibits in Paris along with Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, Sisley, Pissarro, and Morisot. He emerged as one of the strongest of these evolving artists, all of whom were destined for fame as the leaders of the new school of impressionism. Boudin's importance as a leader and teacher is considered a milestone in the history of modern art.

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