Eugène BOUDIN (Honfleur 1824 - Deauville 1898)

The Seine Estuary: A Study of Sea and Sky Sold

Pastel on blue paper, laid down.
Stamped with the atelier stamp E.B. (Lugt 828) at the lower right.
149 x 220 mm. (5 7/8 x 8 5/8 in.)


Writing in 1859, Charles Baudelaire noted of that he had recently seen a large number of Boudin’s pastel studies, ‘improvised facing sea and sky’, in the artist’s studio. He noted that ‘M. Boudin, who might pride himself on his devotion to his art, shows his curious collection with great modesty. He knows full well that it must all become a painting, by means of the poetic impression recalled at will: and he does not pretend to pass of his notes off for paintings…These studies, so swiftly and accurately sketched, after what, in terms of force and colour, are the most inconstant, the most fleeting of things, after waves and clouds…all these clouds with their fantastic, luminous shapes…’ The writer Alexandre Dumas also admired Boudin’s sky studies, writing to the artist, ‘Vous m’avez promis aussi un grand ciel…'
The attribution of this pastel has been confirmed by Manuel Schmit, who dates the sheet to the first half of the 1860’s. A group of comparable sky and cloud studies in pastel are in the collection of the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur, while another similar example is in the Louvre.

The studio of the artist
Probably the Boudin atelier sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 20-21 March 1899
Paul Lanoë, Nantes
Thence by descent to a private collector.


The Seine Estuary: A Study of Sea and Sky


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