EUGENE BOUDIN

Painter

© Naiade Plante
© Caen Museum of Fine Arts
© Gilbert Hamel

Deauville Light Transcriber

Born July 12, 1824 in Honfleur, Eugène Boudin, precursor of Impressionism, spent his youth in Le Havre and then stayed from 1864 every summer in Trouville-sur-Mer and Deauville. It transcribes the scenes of seaside life, from the elegant to the effervescence of the markets, from the Augeron landscapes to the ports. Painter of skies, he strives in his canvases to transcribe the fleetingness of light, changing skies, the matter of clouds and the inconstancy of the sea. In Deauville, Eugène Boudin is seduced by the sight that one to Deauville beach, from the jetty. He regularly sits there with his easel and presents the same view of the beach, with the same framing under different lights.

In 1884, Eugène Boudin built his house in Deauville, the Villa Les Ajoncs - a small Dutch cage  - now renamed The Charm, at 8 rue Olliffe - where he spent the last fourteen years of his life, It was in this house that he died on August 8, 1898.

Eugène Boudin produced over a hundred canvases and gouaches in Deauville.

Since 1998, a plaque has been affixed to the facade of the house where he lived. In August 2010, a plaque was also placed on the sea wall of Port Deauville. It reproduces the painting "The beach of Deauville" (1893), which belongs to the Museum of Fine Arts in Caen..

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