Watercolor and graphite on paper
sheet, 5 x 10 1/4in (12.7 x 26cm)
Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
Eugène Boudin was a master painter of sea and sky, often spending his summers painting outdoors in his native Normandy. With only lightly sketched lines and a few splashes of color, this delicate watercolor captures a day at the seashore, likely the beach at Trouville in northwest France. The watercolor is reminiscent of the artist’s paintings from the same period, with swaths of blue and brown to represent sky, sea, and sand as fancily dressed vacationing bourgeoisie leisurely stroll along the shore. Day trippers from Paris reached Trouville thanks to trains de plaisir, or tourist trains, running between Paris and Normandy that connected the capital with the English Channel coast in under six hours.
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 33
Eugène Boudin (French, b.1824, d.1898)