The Beach at Trouville (Translation)
La Plage de Trouville (Primary Title)

Eugène Boudin, French, 1824 - 1898 (Artist)

Educational
1864
French
oil on panel
Unframed: 10 1/4 × 18 1/2 in. (26.04 × 46.99 cm)
Framed: 11 × 19 3/4 in. (27.94 × 50.17 cm)
83.5
Not on view
In order to escape the city, the Parisian upper classes visited Trouville, one of many small fishing villages on France’s northern coast. The son of a mariner, Boudin was disturbed by the clash of these vacationers with the fishermen, sailors, and villagers whom he had known from his youth. Though Boudin felt a certain shame at painting the "idle laziness” of wealthy Parisians, he recognized them as his clients and depicted their leisure activities with considerable skill.
Signed lower right: "E. Boudin"
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
2018-2020: "Gallery Takeover: European Masterpieces from the Mellon Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, March 1, 2018 - March 1, 2020

Eugène Boudin: The First Impressionist, Virginia Musuem of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, November 14, 2007 - February 17, 2008

French Paintings from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, March 17 - May 1, 1966
Lefevre Gallery, postcard, Eugène Boudin (1824-1898), Bordeaux. Quai et Port, March 1997.

Boudin at Trouville, exh. pamphlet, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow, 1993.

Margaret C. Conrads, American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990, illus., fig. 28, p. 66.

Jérôme Serri, Blue Blanc, Rouge: les couleurs de la france dans la Peinture francaise, Rennes: Librairie Seguier, 1989, p. 15.

Pinkney L. Near, French Paintings, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1985, Cat. No. 4, pp. 12-13, color illus.

Jean Selz, Eugène Boudin, Paris: Flammarion, 1982, illus. p. 14 (American edition: Boudin, New York: Crown Publishers, 1982, color illus. p. 14).

Horizon, July/August 1982, color illus., p. 30.

Robert Schmit, Eugène Boudin, 1824-1898, Vol. I, Paris, 1973, no. 293, p. 98 (illus.) (Entitled here as Crinolines sure le Promenade le Long de la Mer à Trouville); Premier Supplement, Paris, 1984, no. 293, p. 135.

Pierre Schneider, The World of Manet, 1832-1883, New York: Time-Life Books, 1968, illus. p. 55.

G. Jean-Aubry, Eugène Boudin d’apres les letters et les documents inedits, Neuchâtel” Ides et Calendes, 1968, color illus. p. 41.

European Art in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1966, no. 17, p. 31 (illus.).

John Rewald, French Paintings from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1966, No.17, p. 31 (illus.).
Collection of Cardart et Luquet, Paris. Collection of Godinot, Paris. (Galerie Schmit, Paris). [1] (Hector Brame, Paris) until 1962; Purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia in April of 1962; [1] Gift to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond, Virginia in May of 1983.

[1] See Robert Schmit, Eugene Boudin: 1824-1898, Volume I (Paris: Schmit, 1973), 98.

[2] Purchased on April 27, 1962. See VMFA Curatorial file.
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