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Boats Returning to Port, Trouville

Eugène Boudin

French, 1824–1898

Boats Returning to Port, Trouville

1894

Boudin rarely painted boats on the open water, focusing more often on port scenes. In this image, sailboats and a steamship head for the harbor to shelter from bad weather. The artist’s rough, distinct brushstrokes suggest the choppy surface of the water, agitated by the energy of a gathering storm.

Medium Oil on canvas, marouflaged to aluminum
Dimensions 25 7/8 x 36 5/16 in. (65.7 x 92.2 cm) Frame: 33 1/4 x 43 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (84.5 x 111.1 x 7 cm)
Object Number 1973.7
Acquisition Bequest of Mrs. Osborne Howes, 1973
Status Off View

Image Caption

Eugène Boudin, Boats Returning to Port, Trouville, 1894, Oil on canvas, marouflaged to aluminum. Bequest of Mrs. Osborne Howes, 1973. The Clark Art Institute, 1973.7.

Bibliography

Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.

Provenance

[Durand-Ruel, Paris]; [J. Eastman Chase, Boston, sold to Cox, 10 Sept. 1902]; W. E. Cox, Brookline, Mass. (from 1902); Mrs. Osborne Howes (Mildred Cox Howes), Chesnut Hill, Mass., by descent (d. 1973, bequeathed to the Clark); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1973.

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