The Canal at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme (1891; France) by Eugene Boudin

The Canal at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme - Eugene Boudin - 1891; France

Artwork Information

TitleThe Canal at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1891; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Canal at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

The artwork entitled “The Canal at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme” was created by the artist Eugene Boudin in 1891. This oil painting exemplifies the Impressionist movement, a genre renowned for capturing the natural play of light and its ephemeral qualities. As a landscape painting, it focuses on depicting the scenery of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme in France. The piece is currently housed within a private collection.

In the artwork, one observes a tranquil maritime scene under a soft, expansive sky. The composition is dominated by a large sailing vessel moored at a wooden dock, with its rigging and masts intricately detailed against a backdrop of fluffy clouds. The gentle waters of the canal mirror the sky and the boat, adding a serene symmetry to the scene. To the left, smaller boats rest along the calm water, while the distant shore is lined with trees and low buildings hinting at the life of the town beyond. The use of subdued yet varied tones and the play of light on the water surface are indicative of Boudin’s Impressionist technique, seeking to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere.

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