Deauville, the Beach, Low Tide (c.1887; France) by Eugene Boudin

Deauville, the Beach, Low Tide - Eugene Boudin - c.1887; France

Artwork Information

TitleDeauville, the Beach, Low Tide
ArtistEugene Boudin
Datec.1887; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Deauville, the Beach, Low Tide

“Deauville, the Beach, Low Tide” is a captivating artwork created by the artist Eugene Boudin in circa 1887, originating from France. Painted with oil on canvas, this piece exemplifies the Impressionist art movement, where light and momentary impressions of scenes were often depicted. The genre of the artwork is landscape, and it portrays a vivid seaside setting. Currently, the artwork resides within a private collection.

The artwork features a broad, tranquil beach scene under what appears to be a vast, cloud-adorned sky. Its expansive perspective conveys the openness of the shoreline at low tide. In the foreground, the artwork presents several figures, possibly beachgoers and local residents, dispersed in small, informal groups. These figures are rendered with loose brushwork, characteristic of the Impressionist style, effectively capturing the fleeting moments of leisurely coastal life.

Boudin’s palette is restrained yet effective, composed predominantly of blues, browns, and whites, subtle enough to create a harmonious and naturalistic sense of place. The gentle reflections in the wet sand mirror the sky above, emphasizing the interplay between earth and sky. Sailboats and ships are visible near the horizon, adding further depth and a sense of activity to the scene. The painting is both a testimony to Boudin’s fascination with maritime landscapes and a document of the leisure activities enjoyed by people during his era.

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