Rouen, the Santa-Catherine Coast, Morning Mist (1895; France) by Eugene Boudin

Rouen, the Santa-Catherine Coast, Morning Mist - Eugene Boudin - 1895; France

Artwork Information

TitleRouen, the Santa-Catherine Coast, Morning Mist
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1895; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Rouen, the Santa-Catherine Coast, Morning Mist

The artwork titled “Rouen, the Santa-Catherine Coast, Morning Mist” is a cityscape painting by the Impressionist artist Eugene Boudin, created in 1895 in France. Executed in oil, this painting exemplifies the Impressionist movement’s preoccupation with light and atmosphere. It currently resides in a private collection.

The artwork captures a serene morning on the coast of Santa-Catherine in Rouen, with a gentle mist hanging over the calm waters. The viewer’s attention is drawn to the subtle interplay of light and color, reflecting the early daylight as it filters through the haze. In the foreground, boats are moored along the river bank, their reflections shimmering on the water’s surface. Figures are seen engaging with the boats, providing a sense of scale and everyday life. Beyond the boats, the river extends towards a bridge in the middleground, leading the eye further into the painting.

The distant landscape is rendered with soft, muted tones, allowing the viewer to sense the breadth of the scene without sharp delineation. The trees and buildings appearing through the mist add to the depth and evoke the tranquility of an early morning where the world is just beginning to stir. Boudin’s masterful use of color and loose brushwork creates an atmospheric effect that is characteristic of the Impressionist style, capturing the ephemeral quality of light and the essence of the moment.

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