Rouen, View over the River Seine (1895; France) by Eugene Boudin

Rouen, View over the River Seine - Eugene Boudin - 1895; France

Artwork Information

TitleRouen, View over the River Seine
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1895; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Rouen, View over the River Seine

The artwork entitled “Rouen, View over the River Seine” is a creation of Eugene Boudin dating back to 1895, conceived during the artist’s time in France. This oil painting is attributed to the Impressionism movement, a period known for its focus on light and its immediate, sensory effects. Specifically, this piece is a cityscape, capturing a scene of urban life and its relationship with the natural environment. Presently, the painting is housed in a private collection.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a serene vista of the city of Rouen as seen from the perspective of the River Seine’s banks. Boudin’s brushwork is characteristic of the Impressionist style, with loose and expressive techniques that evoke the atmospheric conditions and transient qualities of light. The skyline is punctuated by the graceful spires of gothic architecture, including the distinct silhouette of the Rouen Cathedral, which stands out against the sky. In the foreground, the river is alive with activity, featuring boats of various sizes that ply the calm waters, suggesting the daily bustle and livelihood of the riverside community.

The palette is subdued yet varied, with a range of blues, greens, and earth tones that suggest the interplay of natural and man-made elements. The sky is rendered with soft gradations of color, implying the temporality of the moment captured. Figures can be seen engaging in leisurely activities along the shore, lending a sense of scale and human presence to the scene. Overall, Boudin’s depiction of Rouen epitomizes the essence of the Impressionist movement, capturing an instant in time with a profound sense of place and mood.

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