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Villefranche

Eugène Boudin

French, 1824–1898

Villefranche

c. 1892

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)
Object Number 1955.547
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1942
Status Off View

Image Caption

Eugène Boudin, Villefranche, c. 1892, Oil on panel. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.547.

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

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.

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