Trouville, the Inner Port, Low tide (1881; France) by Eugene Boudin

Trouville, the Inner Port, Low tide - Eugene Boudin - 1881; France

Artwork Information

TitleTrouville, the Inner Port, Low tide
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1881; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Trouville, the Inner Port, Low tide

Trouville, the Inner Port, Low Tide is an artwork completed in 1881 by the French artist Eugène Boudin. It epitomizes the Impressionist movement, a style characterized by a focus on light and its changing qualities, often with an emphasis on the experience of the moment. This oil painting falls under the landscape genre and was painted in France. As per available information, the artwork currently resides within a private collection.

The artwork features a coastal scene of the port of Trouville, a commune in the Calvados department of the Normandy region in France. At the forefront, stranded fishing boats rest on the exposed sands during a low tide. The receding water reveals muddy banks, where small groups of people are discernible, engaged in what appears to be shellfish gathering. To the left, one boat tilts starkly, its keel settled into the mud and its sails drooping, while another lies further in the background.

The maritime scene is depicted with a masterful use of light and reflection, which creates a luminous atmosphere indicative of the Impressionist movement. Boudin’s brushwork expertly captures the transient effects of sunlight on the water and the gentle movement of the clouds above. He employs a varied palette, predominantly hues of blues and grays, to render the vast sky, which dominates the composition and contrasts with the more vivid colors of the boats and architecture.

In the distance, the port buildings, including houses and possibly commercial establishments, line the horizon, providing a sense of human presence amidst the natural ebb and flow of the tide. The artwork is both a testament to Boudin’s skill in landscape painting and his contribution to Impressionism, offering a fleeting glimpse of everyday life on the Normandy coast during the 19th century.

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