Etretat, Laundresses on the Beach, Low Tide (c.1892; France) by Eugene Boudin

Etretat, Laundresses on the Beach, Low Tide - Eugene Boudin - c.1892; France

Artwork Information

TitleEtretat, Laundresses on the Beach, Low Tide
ArtistEugene Boudin
Datec.1892; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Etretat, Laundresses on the Beach, Low Tide

The artwork “Etretat, Laundresses on the Beach, Low Tide” is an oil painting created by Eugene Boudin around 1892 in France. As a representational work of the Impressionist movement, this genre painting is part of a private collection. The Impressionist style is noted for its loose brushwork and interest in capturing the effects of light and atmosphere.

In the painting, the scene is set on a beach at low tide, with a large group of laundresses at work. The figures are rendered with quick, impressionistic strokes, indicative of the movement’s style, which emphasizes an immediate impression of a scene. The laundresses are gathered around their wash, creating a flurry of activity on the shore. The backdrop features the towering cliffs characteristic of the Etretat region on the Normandy coast, natural formations that were a popular subject among the Impressionists. The color palette consists of earthen tones with touches of brighter colors in the garments of the laundresses, contrasting against the pale blues and greens of the sea and sky. The entire composition echoes the transient nature of light and the casual, fleeting moments of everyday life that Impressionism sought to immortalize.

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