Crinolines on the Beach (1863; France) by Eugene Boudin

Crinolines on the Beach - Eugene Boudin - 1863; France

Artwork Information

TitleCrinolines on the Beach
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1863; France
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Crinolines on the Beach

The artwork titled “Crinolines on the Beach” was painted by Eugene Boudin in 1863 in France. This oil painting is representative of the Realism art movement and falls within the genre painting category. It is currently held in a private collection and captures a scene that is both characteristic of the period and indicative of the artist’s interest in portraying everyday life with a particular focus on the social customs and fashion of his time.

“Crinolines on the Beach” by Eugene Boudin is a vivid depiction of a leisurely day at the seaside, showcasing a group of individuals gathered on the sand. The central figures are women dressed in the fashion of the day, wearing voluminous crinoline-supported skirts. Along with these figures are men in formal attire and a small dog, providing a glimpse into the social dynamics and recreational activities of 19th-century beachgoers. The sea is dotted with sailboats, further emphasizing the recreational theme. The palette is light and airy, lending a fresh, breezy quality to the scene which juxtaposes the formal dress of the subjects. Boudin’s brushwork captures the textures of the clothing and the smoothness of the sand, while the posture and engagement of figures suggest a casual, relaxed atmosphere. This painting is a window into the past, inviting contemplation on the customs and leisurely pursuits of that era.

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