Approaching Storm

A work made of oil on cradled panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on cradled panel.

Date:

1864

Artist:

Eugène-Louis Boudin
French, 1824-1898

About this artwork

This painting by Eugène Boudin, a Norman painter and Claude Monet’s teacher, exemplifies the artist’s signature style and subject matter in the 1860s. Monet would later follow Boudin’s practice of painting in the open air, the technique that gave this image of a beach for middle-class vacationers its vivid spontaneity and atmospheric light. This practice would be particularly important for Monet and his contemporaries, who came to be known as the Impressionists.

Eugène-Louis Boudin painted many beach scenes at the fashionable tourist spots of Trouville and Deauville in Normandy. In them we see the life of the Paris boulevards translated to the seashore. Bathing attire being still relatively rare, people wore the same clothes at the beach as they did in the city and made the same round of promenades, visits, and dinners. The huts on wheels are portable changing machines that were pulled into the water so that bathers could change without fear of exposure.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 225

Artist

Eugène Louis Boudin

Title

Approaching Storm

Origin

France

Date

1864

Medium

Oil on cradled panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed at lower right: E. Boudin 1864

Dimensions

14 3/8 × 22 1/2 in. (36.3 × 57.9 cm)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1938.1276

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