Le Havre, Sailboats in the Port

This painting depicts the port of Le Havre in Normandy, the second-largest harbor in France. Boudin's lively brushstrokes convey a sense of movement as the rapidly sketched figures, indicated by a few touches of gray and white paint, busy themselves in rowboats and on the dock near the moored vessels.


Sale, Drouot, Paris, 30 Nov. 1925, no. 4, ill.; Mme J. Danthon, Paris (until 1933, her sale, Drouot, Paris, 24 May 1933, no. 18, ill.); Renier, Paris (from 1933); Sale, Musée Galliera, Paris, 20 June 1968, no. 241, ill.; John and Chara Haas, Villanova, PA; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2011.

Eugène Boudin

French, 1824–1898

Le Havre, Sailboats in the Port


Oil on panel

12 13/16 × 9 1/16 in. (32.5 × 23 cm)

Gift of John C. Haas and Chara C. Haas, 2011