Abbeville, Street and the Church of Saint-Folfran (1884; France) by Eugene Boudin

Abbeville, Street and the Church of Saint-Folfran - Eugene Boudin - 1884; France

Artwork Information

TitleAbbeville, Street and the Church of Saint-Folfran
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1884; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationThyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

About Abbeville, Street and the Church of Saint-Folfran

The artwork titled “Abbeville, Street and the Church of Saint-Folfran” is a creation of Eugene Boudin, dating back to 1884. This piece exemplifies the Impressionist movement and falls within the cityscape genre. The work originates from France and currently resides in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, located in Madrid, Spain. Boudin is known for his role in the development of Impressionism, particularly through his influence on Claude Monet.

The artwork presents a lively street scene set against the backdrop of the grand Church of Saint-Folfran. Boudin’s brushwork captures the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere, hallmarks of Impressionist technique. The architecture dominates the composition with its intricate Gothic detailing and the lofty spires reaching toward the sky, rendered with loose and dynamic strokes. The foreground is bustling with activity, populated by figures that move about, engaged in their daily routines. The careful placement of shadows and the interplay of natural light on the structures and people add depth and vitality to the scene. The sky, a broad expanse with shifting clouds and patches of blue peering through, provides a sense of the transient weather and time of day. Overall, the artwork is an exquisite example of Impressionism’s embrace of modern life and its changing environments.

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