Trouville, piers, high tide (1885; France) by Eugene Boudin

Trouville, piers, high tide - Eugene Boudin - 1885; France

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TitleTrouville, piers, high tide
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1885; France
Art MovementImpressionism

About Trouville, piers, high tide

The artwork entitled “Trouville, piers, high tide” was created by the artist Eugene Boudin in the year 1885 in France. This piece is executed in oil medium and belongs to the Impressionism movement, specifically categorized within the marina genre. It represents an excellent example of Boudin’s contributions to Impressionism, showcasing his ability to capture the transient effects of light and atmosphere.

The artwork depicts a vivid maritime scene set against a backdrop of dynamic skies. The composition is energized by a central towering ship with masts raised and flags fluttering, signifying activity and movement within the port. Boats of various size are scattered throughout the foreground, some moored and others navigating the waters, suggesting the buzz of daily life at high tide. The use of loose brushstrokes and a soft palette is notable, with subtle shifts of light reflecting on the water’s surface, creating a sense of immediacy and the fleeting moment that is characteristic of the Impressionist style. The horizon is lined with additional vessels and hints of industrial activity, which are set against a sky filled with voluminous clouds that mirror the hues of the sea below, showcasing Boudin’s adeptness at painting en plein air. This piece encapsulates the energy of a bustling maritime setting while embodying the aesthetic ideals of the Impressionist movement.

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