Interpretive Resource

Artist Biography: Eugene Louis Boudin

A concise biography about Boudin's life and work.

National Gallery of Art. Micro Gallery—National Gallery of Art. Online Content. Washington, D.C., 2004.

Eugène Boudin
French, 1824-1898
Eugène Boudin was a largely self-taught artist who, like many members of the Barbizon school, generally worked directly from nature. The majority of his plein-air paintings are small scenes of the contemporary beach resorts in northern France. The artist's sharp eye for costume and social relationships is evident in these works.

Boudin opened a frame shop in Le Havre but was encouraged to take up painting by the artist Jean-François Millet. Boudin visited Paris, where he studied at the Louvre and established contact with Barbizon painters. He also met the young Claude Monet about 1856 and introduced him to outdoor painting; the two subsequently worked together in the late 1860s.

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Education

High School

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