The Somme at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme (1890; France) by Eugene Boudin

The Somme at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme - Eugene Boudin - 1890; France

Artwork Information

TitleThe Somme at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1890; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Somme at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

“The Somme at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme” is a landscape painting by the French artist Eugene Boudin, created in the year 1890. Displaying Boudin’s characteristic Impressionist style, the artwork captures the essence of a tranquil maritime scene along the Somme River in France. Utilizing oil as his medium, Boudin constructed an image that epitomizes the Impressionist movement’s preoccupation with light and atmosphere. Although the painting is currently in a private collection, its art historical value is undiminished, as it represents the genre of landscape paintings and contributes to the visual documentation of 19th-century French locales.

The artwork offers a glimpse into a serene riverside moment, where the vastness of the sky dominates the upper portion of the canvas, filled with diffused clouds that suggest the atmospheric conditions of the day. Below, a calm river reflects the sky’s mood, lightly disturbed by the ripples of boats and the activities on its banks. To the right, the town of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is depicted with architectural structures nestled closely together, revealing the intimate scale of the riverside community. On the left bank, the natural landscape is dotted with figures engaged in leisurely activities near the water’s edge. Various boats, including moored sailboats with their masts piercing the skyline, add a nautical charm to the scene, while small figures on the boats provide a sense of scale and daily life. The overall effect of Boudin’s work is an evocative representation that invites the viewer to ponder the quiet rhythms of the town and its intimate relationship with the river.

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