The Coastline at Berck at Low Tide (1882; France) by Eugene Boudin

The Coastline at Berck at Low Tide - Eugene Boudin - 1882; France

Artwork Information

TitleThe Coastline at Berck at Low Tide
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1882; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Coastline at Berck at Low Tide

The artwork “The Coastline at Berck at Low Tide” is a landscape oil painting created by the esteemed artist Eugene Boudin in the year 1882, while in France. This painting is an exemplary piece from the Impressionist movement, characterized by its depiction of natural lighting, loose brushwork, and an open composition. The artwork, currently held in a private collection, evokes the unique characteristics of the movement and its genre.

The artwork portrays a serene beach scene at low tide with an expansive sky where boats are scattered across the horizon, resting on the wet sand, awaiting the return of the sea. The sky, a masterful display of delicate hues and soft clouds, dominates the canvas, reflecting the transient conditions of light and mood. At the forefront of the composition, figures, possibly local fishermen or beachgoers, are seen amidst boats and beached maritime paraphernalia, lending a human presence to the otherwise desolate coastal expanse. Boudin’s deft use of colors and effortless strokes captures the essence of the shoreline with a vividness and immediacy that would become hallmarks of the Impressionist technique. In this piece, one can perceive the fleeting moments of daily life and light, encapsulated in oil, a testament to Boudin’s place as a precursor to the Impressionist movement.

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