Small Canal at Quilleboeuf (1893; France) by Eugene Boudin

Small Canal at Quilleboeuf - Eugene Boudin - 1893; France

Artwork Information

TitleSmall Canal at Quilleboeuf
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1893; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Small Canal at Quilleboeuf

The artwork “Small Canal at Quilleboeuf,” painted by Eugene Boudin in 1893, is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement that flourished during that period in France. Created with oil on canvas, this landscape painting resides within a private collection. Impressionism is known for its emphasis on the accurate depiction of natural light, candid poses, and the representation of the visual impression of the moment, particularly in terms of the changing quality of light and color.

In the artwork, Boudin presents a serene depiction of a small canal at Quilleboeuf, capturing the essence of the French countryside with a seemingly effortless touch. The scene is populated by a scattering of trees that stand alongside the canal’s edge, their forms reflected in the water below. A calm sky, suffused with gentle, soft brushstrokes of blue and white, suggests a peaceful, overcast day. The distant horizon gives a sense of space and openness, while a figure in the foreground provides a human element, adding scale and life to the tranquil environment. Boudin’s use of light and color to represent the scene conveys the fleeting moments of light, a characteristic technique of Impressionist art.

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