Eugène Boudin (Honfleur 1824 - Deauville 1898)

A Fish Market in Rotterdam Sold

Watercolour over an underdrawing in pencil.
Stamped with the atelier stamp E.B. (Lugt 828) at the lower left.
Inscribed and dated Rotterdam. -76 at the lower right, and further inscribed with colour notes in pencil.
159 x 202 mm. (6 1/4 x 8 in.)


Eugène Boudin made numerous sketching trips along the coasts of Northern France, Belgium and Holland. He seems to have made his first visit to Holland in 1873, perhaps at the suggestion of the Dutch artist Johan Barthold Jongkind, and returned several times in his later career, working in Rotterdam, The Hague and Dordrecht. The artist visited Rotterdam in 1873, 1876, 1879, 1880 and 1888. The present sheet dates from 1876, when the artist spent the months of June and July in the Low Countries, and that year he painted at least nine paintings of Vues de Rotterdam, including some of the fishmarket in the port. A handful of watercolours of the fishmarket are also known.

Boudin’s notebooks, which he used to record ideas and thoughts related to his work, reveal his fondness for markets, and particularly fish markets, as pictorial subjects. These notebooks included such notes to himself as 'Fishmarkets. There is a gold mine to be exploited. How many have I sketched? If I apply myself I should produce a certain number with figures of a foot or so. Trouville, and Rotterdam - consider', as well as 'A large market with the people shown on their striking side. For that all the material must be gathered on the spot.’

The studio of the artist
Probably the Boudin atelier sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 20-21 March 1899
Schoneman Galleries, New York
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schoneman, New York, by 1976
Their sale, New York, Christie’s, 5 May 2010, lot 211
Private collection, Scotland.


A Fish Market in Rotterdam

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