Saint-Valery-sur-Somme Moonrise over the Canal (c.1891; France) by Eugene Boudin

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme Moonrise over the Canal - Eugene Boudin - c.1891; France

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TitleSaint-Valery-sur-Somme Moonrise over the Canal
ArtistEugene Boudin
Datec.1891; France
Art MovementImpressionism

About Saint-Valery-sur-Somme Moonrise over the Canal

The artwork “Saint-Valery-sur-Somme Moonrise over the Canal” is a creation of Eugene Boudin, dating back to the year circa 1891. Conceived in France during the artist’s mature period, it embodies the characteristics of the Impressionist movement. The genre of this art piece is landscape, capturing a serene natural scene which was a subject greatly favored by Impressionists seeking to convey the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere on the environment at different times of day and in varying weather conditions.

In the artwork, one observes a tranquil depiction of a canal at dusk, with the moon’s gentle ascent over the water. The sky, awash with a soft gradation of twilight hues, dominates the composition, suggesting a large expanse of atmosphere against which the rest of the scene is set. Below, the canal reflects the sky’s palette, mirroring the not yet darkened canvas above. On the right, a stand of trees punctuates the skyline, their dark silhouettes offering a stark contrast to the luminous sky and the shimmering water below. The trees are rendered with loose brushstrokes characteristic of the Impressionist technique, emphasizing the capture of light and mood over precise detail.

Further examination of the landscape reveals subtle indications of human presence and the lushness of the natural world surrounding the canal. The painting suggests a serene moment suspended in time, inviting contemplation of the quiet beauty of the natural environment during the transition from day to night. Boudin’s adept use of light and reflection, as well as his delicate handling of color and form, creates a harmonious visual symphony that is both timeless and evocative of the specific moment it captures.

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