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Beach Scene

Beach Scene

c. 1865-1867

Eugène Boudin

(French, 1824-1898)

Oil on wood panel

Framed: 54 x 75 x 6.4 cm (21 1/4 x 29 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 34.7 x 57.7 cm (13 11/16 x 22 11/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. D. Z. Norton 1917.63

Description

On a beach where a strong breeze moves off the water from left to right, figures of French women, men, and children in chic Parisian dress stroll, sit, chat, or take donkey rides. The activities depicted (promenades, socializing, riding, sandbox playing) are the same as those enjoyed by residents of London or Paris. At the right, the dog suggests that these are vacationers rather than tourists seeking to recreate their urban pastimes at the seashore. Painted outdoors, this composition is typical of Boudin's beach scenes in the 1860s in its low-lying horizon, cloud-filled sky, and figures ranged across the middle ground. By scattering the figures over the surface and not closing off the scene with framing elements, the artist created the impression of a partial view of a much larger scene.

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