Boudin wintered in Villefranche, a town in Southern France near Nice, in his later years. The bell tower of Saint Michel’s Church dominates this view of a bustling street in the town’s historic center. The blue Mediterranean sky complements the creamy yellows and oranges of the buildings, while the townspeople, painted with a few quick brushstrokes, enliven the shadows with occasional touches of color.
|Medium||Oil on panel|
|Dimensions||16 1/8 x 12 7/8 in. (41 x 32.7 cm) Frame: 22 3/4 × 19 3/4 × 2 5/8 in. (57.8 × 50.2 × 6.7 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1942|
Eugène Boudin, Villefranche, c. 1892, Oil on panel. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.547.
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.
J. K. Newman, New York (until 1935, his sale, American Art Association Galleries, New York, 6 Dec. 1935, no. 6); Stanley M. Carper, Detroit; [Clyfford Trevor, New York, sold to Clark, 27 Nov. 1942]; Robert Sterling Clark (1942–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.