Berck, The Beach at Low Tide (1882; France) by Eugene Boudin

Berck, The Beach at Low Tide - Eugene Boudin - 1882; France

Artwork Information

TitleBerck, The Beach at Low Tide
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1882; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Berck, The Beach at Low Tide

The artwork “Berck, The Beach at Low Tide,” created by Eugene Boudin in 1882, is an oil painting executed in the Impressionist style. As a landscape genre piece, the artwork captures the expansive serenity of a seaside scene in Berck, France. The artwork is held in a private collection, sealing its exclusivity from the public eye.

The painting presents an extensive view of the beach at low tide, setting a tone of tranquil openness under a vast sky. The horizon lightly divides the sea from the sky, both rendered in soft, muted hues that convey the diffused light typical of the Impressionist movement. Blending seamlessly into one another, the blues, whites, and grays dominate the composition, creating a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere. The beach itself carries various tones of beige and brown, interrupted sparingly by the dark outlines of boats and figures. Boudin has included beachgoers scattered across the sands in leisurely activities, alongside beached boats awaiting the tide’s return. These elements of human presence, though small compared to the immensity of the seascape, provide a sense of scale and the everyday life that Boudin frequently depicted in his coastal scenes. The artwork is a testament to Boudin’s ability to capture the fleeting moments of natural light and his influence on the development of the Impressionist movement.

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