Cherbourg (1883; France) by Eugene Boudin

Cherbourg - Eugene Boudin - 1883; France

Artwork Information

ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1883; France
Dimensions56 x 41 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Cherbourg

The artwork titled “Cherbourg” was created by the artist Eugene Boudin in the year 1883 in France. It is an oil painting that adheres to the Impressionist movement, a genre known for its emphasis on the depiction of light and its changes. Measuring 56 by 41 centimeters, this marina genre artwork is part of a private collection.

The artwork showcases a lively and atmospheric portrayal of a harbor with the city of Cherbourg serving as its backdrop. Characteristic of Boudin’s work and the Impressionist style, the painting captures the fleeting effects of light on the water and the sky, with brushstrokes that are loose and visible, imparting a sense of immediacy and fluidity to the scene. The harbor is dotted with an array of boats, some with sails unfurled, which adds a dynamic element to the composition. Moreover, in the foreground, a smaller boat with several figures is prominently depicted, caught in a moment of everyday activity that brings human presence to life against the more static landscape of ships and the city. The overcast sky, with its varying shades of blue and white, dominates a significant portion of the canvas, suggesting a cool or windy day, and the reflection of light on the water’s surface contributes to the overall impression of movement and temporality. Boudin’s ability to convey the mood and atmosphere of a coastal town is evident in this artwork, providing a glimpse into the maritime life of 19th century France.

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