Plougastel, Women Waiting for the Ferry (1870; France) by Eugene Boudin

Plougastel, Women Waiting for the Ferry - Eugene Boudin - 1870; France

Artwork Information

TitlePlougastel, Women Waiting for the Ferry
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1870; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Plougastel, Women Waiting for the Ferry

The artwork “Plougastel, Women Waiting for the Ferry” was painted by Eugene Boudin in 1870. This oil painting is associated with the Impressionism art movement and falls within the landscape genre. It was created in France and is currently located in a private collection.

The artwork depicts a serene coastal scene where a group of women are portrayed waiting. The atmosphere is imbued with a tranquil stillness, typical of Boudin’s scenes of everyday life along the French coast. The open sky consumes a majority of the composition, a characteristic feature of the artist’s oeuvre that pays homage to the ever-changing qualities of light and weather.

In the foreground, the women are rendered with enough detail to suggest their waiting posture and traditional attire, yet with the loose brushwork indicative of Impressionist techniques. Their positioning and gaze seem directed towards an anticipated arrival, which adds a narrative quality to the otherwise tranquil scene. Beyond them, the coastline recedes into a hazy middle ground where the water is populated by several boats, their sails gently billowing, echoing the subtle movement within the piece.

Boudin’s work is often praised for its pioneering role in the development of Impressionism, and this artwork is exemplary of his skill in capturing the ephemeral qualities of light and atmosphere. Its provenance indicates a recognition of the importance and has safely housed it within a private collection, preserving its legacy.

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