Fishermen of Kerhor Receiving a Blessing at Plougastel (1870; France) by Eugene Boudin

Fishermen of Kerhor Receiving a Blessing at Plougastel - Eugene Boudin - 1870; France

Artwork Information

TitleFishermen of Kerhor Receiving a Blessing at Plougastel
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1870; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Fishermen of Kerhor Receiving a Blessing at Plougastel

The artwork titled “Fishermen of Kerhor Receiving a Blessing at Plougastel” was created by Eugene Boudin in 1870 in France. This oil painting exemplifies the Impressionist movement, of which Boudin was a precursor, and is classified as a genre painting. The Impressionist style is recognizable by its focus on capturing the effects of light with loose brushwork. Currently, the artwork is housed in a private collection.

In the artwork, one observes a gathering of figures on a shore. The sky is vast with strokes of blue and white that suggest a serene day with intermittent clouds. In the foreground, a crowd is congregated around a small boat, suggesting a communal event, possibly the blessing referenced in the title. Figures in traditional attire, from women in white bonnets to men in vests and hats, contribute to the narrative of a local custom. Observing closer, one also notices individuals scattered at various points along the beach, some seated on the sand, enhancing the sense of daily life and activity. The body of water reflects the sky’s light, with another sailboat in the far distance, providing depth to the scene. The loose and expressive brushwork characteristic of Impressionism imparts a sense of immediacy to the moment captured, as if the artist painted this on-site, translating the scene with a focus on the interplay of natural light.

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