About This Artwork

Eugène Louis Boudin
French, 1824-1898

Seaside, Port of Honfleur, c. 1860

Pastel on blue wove paper
185 x 259 mm

Helmuth Bartsch Endowment, 2006.129

Boudin was a native of Honfleur, one of the most picturesque harbor communes in the French region of Normandy. Self-taught, he started experimenting with pastel in the 1850s. This sort of landscape, likely made en plein air, would prove extremely influential to the young Claude Monet.

— Exhibition label, Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions, August 27, 2016–January 29, 2017, Galleries 124–127.

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