La Plage de Trouville (c. 1865) by Eugene Boudin

La Plage de Trouville - Eugene Boudin - c. 1865

Artwork Information

TitleLa Plage de Trouville
ArtistEugene Boudin
Datec. 1865
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions26 1/2 x 41 in (67.3 x 104.1 cm)
Current LocationMinneapolis Institute of Arts

About La Plage de Trouville

La Plage De Trouville is an oil painting done around 1865 by French Impressionist Eugène Boudin. The artwork portrays fashionable beach resorts crowded with tourists enjoying seaside vacations. Boudin was one of the first artists to paint en plein air and is considered one of the important precursors of Impressionism. Many art historians view his contribution as fundamental to the movement; he often painted contemporary outdoor scenes that would later become staples for future impressionists.

Boudin’s La Plage De Trouville showcases the elegant seaside resort on the Normandy coast where he often painted – it is part of a famed series depicting this location. He depicts elegantly dressed tourists, including two gentlemen in top hats who suggest they may have just visited horse races or luxury casinos popular during this time period. The painting offers a snapshot of Beach life during the mid-19th century, with accurate details such as diaphanous parasols shading socialites from strong sunlight.

In March 2021, La Plage De Trouville was sold at Christie’s in London auction for GBP 2,262,000- it now holds the record as Boudin’s most expensive artwork found in auctions thus far. Collectors appreciate its masterly use of color combined with its historic appeal towards wealthy vacationers and their extravagant pursuits while flocking towards luxury coastlines abroad. Overall, this piece represents not only an excellent example of Impressionism but also captures a particular moment in classic French coastal bourgeoisie culture and recreation history that can be appreciated by both art lovers and historians alike.

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