© Naïade Plante
© Musée des Beaux Arts de Caen
© Gilbert Hamel

Transcriber of the light of Deauville

Born on July 12th 1824 in Honfleur, Eugène Boudin, precursor of the Impressionism, spent his youth in Le Havre before spending each summer in Trouville-sur-Mer and Deauville from 1864 onwards. He depicted scenes of the seaside life, from the elegance of it to the ferment of markets, from sceneries of the Pays d’Auge to the ports. As a dedicated painter of skies, he conveyed through his canvases the ephemerality of light, the sudden changes in colours, the textures of the clouds and the inconstancy of the sea. In Deauville, Eugène Boudin was transported by the view of the Deauville beach from the jetties. He often sat there with his easel and painted the same view of the sea with the same framing, under different lights.

In 1884, Eugène Boudin built his house in Deauville: the "Les Ajoncs" villa - a small Dutch-style house  - recently renamed La Breloque, located at the 8 rue Olliffe - where he spent the last 14 years of his life. He died in this house on August 8th 1898.

Eugène Boudin painted over a hundred canvases and watercolour paintings in Deauville.

In 1998 a plaque was placed on the façade of his house. In August 2010, a plaque was also placed close to the Deauville marina dyke. It is a copy of the painting “La plage de Deauville” (1893) (Deauville’s beach), which belongs to the Beaux-Arts Museum in Caen.