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Eugène Boudin (1824 - 1898) Port De Mer. Un Bassin. Effet Du Matin

Artist: Eugène Boudin (1824 - 1898)

Painting Title: "Port De Mer. Un Bassin. Effet Du Matin"

Oil on panel, signed and painted circa 1880-1885
Frame size: 16 x 19in / 40 x 48cm

Gustave Loiseau (1865 - 1935) Artist - Plage Et Falaises De Fécamp

Jean Pierre Cassigneul Derrière la Vitre

Emilio Sanchez-perrier (1855 - 1907) - A Quiet Stretch Of The River

Eugène Boudin (1824 - 1898) Port De Mer. Un Bassin. Effet Du Matin

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Charles Bonnemaison-Bascle, Paris; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 3 May 1890, lot 4.
Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris.
Kraushaar Galleries, New York, by whom acquired from the above on 28 September 1923.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, New York, 11 February 1987, lot 2.
Private collection, Monaco, by whom acquired at the above sale.
Private collection, Switzerland, by descent from the above.


R. Schmit, Eugène Boudin, 1824-1898, Vol. Ii, Paris, 1973, No. 1401, P. 56 (illustrated).


Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Exposition Boudin, 1889, no. 51

Eugène Boudin (1824 - 1898) - Artist's Biography

Born in Normandy in 1824, Eugène Boudin formed a crucial link between traditional French painting and the start of the Impressionist movement, for which he was at least partly responsible. By the time of his death in 1898 his impact had been appreciated by a host of important French artists, dealers, and critics including Jean-Francois Millet, Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Charles Baudelaire, Camille Corot and Paul Durand-Ruel.

Boudin spent his early life in Normandy, and working as a cabin boy on his father’s ship gave him an early exposure to the ever-changing sea and sky that would form his primary focus as a painter. Aged 12, he started working in a stationary and frame shop, and co-owned a framing shop by the age of twenty. After selling his share of the business to buy himself out of military service, Boudin went to Paris. His early career formed a pattern of painting outdoor sketches in the summer, which he would then finish in his studio over the winter. During this period, he painted inland landscapes, peasants, and still lifes, but it was the seaside that increasingly attracted his attention, and in 1862, he began to paint the crowds of fashionable tourists who had started to visit the Normandy coast. Until then, coastal scenes were rarely populated, and if they did include figures they were likely to be local fishermen. To paint tourists on a beach, smartly dressed and engaging in leisure activities was daringly modern, and marked Boudin out as a pioneer of progressive French painting. By now, Boudin had already made his debut in the Paris Salon, and been introduced to the influential critic Charles Baudelaire. Although a certain level of success seemed assured, at this stage, Boudin still followed the established tradition of outdoor painting, treating his work as studies rather than finished pieces, needing to be properly ‘completed’ in his studio using sketches, notes and memory. To aid him, he made meticulous notes about atmospheric conditions and the time of day. Painting in this way was not easy – as he wrote to a student: ‘An impression is gained in an instant, but then it has to be condensed following the rules of art or rather your own feeling, and that is the most difficult thing – to finish a painting without spoiling anything.’

This realisation of the inherent falseness of finishing paintings in the studio eventually led him to make the step that so influenced the impressionists – painting almost entirely ‘en plein air.’ The energy and immediacy of work painted outdoors, and the attention paid to changing weather and light had a particular effect on Claude Monet, who had worked alongside Boudin when he was young, and remained a friend. Boudin persuaded him to abandon the caricatures he had been working on and become a landscape painter. As Monet said, ‘…it was as if a veil had been torn from my eyes. I had understood, had grasped what painting could be. Boudin’s absorption of his work, and his independence, were enough to decide the entire future and development of my painting.’ (quoted in G. Jean-Aubry & Robert Schmit, Eugène Boudin, Greenwich: New York Graphic Society, 1968, pg. 27).

Despite having been exhibiting at the Salon since 1959, and having has paintings shown at various exhibitions in Rouen, Pau, Roubaix, and Grenoble, widespread success was proving elusive. Part of this was due to Boudin’s melancholic disposition and self-deprecation, but he also showed little appetite for increasing his profile by basing himself permanently in Paris. In addition, from the late 1860s he stopped painting the scenes of fashionable men and women on the beach, and devoted himself entirely to coastal scenes. However, his reputation had increased sufficiently by 1874 that he was included in the first Impressionist exhibition. Being in the unusual position of also having paintings in the Salon of that year, Boudin formed a crucial link between the past and future tendencies of French art, and demonstrated the esteem in which his contemporaries held him. Typically, instead of grasping the opportunity to become one of the notorious group of Impressionists, Boudin showed little ambition, remaining in Normandy for much of the time, although he did continue to exhibit with many of the artists. The paintings that he made of the coast are usually concerned with the Impressionist ideals of light, and contain the immediacy, vibrancy, and rapid brushwork that demonstrate his continued influence on the group.

In the early 1880s, Boudin finally achieved financial security and widespread recognition when he secured a relationship with the dealer that was the driving force behind the Impressionists, Durand-Ruel. In 1883, Durand-Ruel opened his new gallery on the Boulevard de la Madeleine in Paris with an exhibition of works by Boudin, comprising 150 paintings and other pastels and drawings. Boudin’s sales and successes continued with an 1888 auction at the Hotel Druout in Paris. In 1889, 1890, and 1891, more successive shows were organized at Galerie Durand-Ruel, and in 1890 he had been elected a member of the Société des Beaux-Arts. His work traveled across the Atlantic where it was also exhibited in Boston (1890, 1891). His increased wealth enabled him to travel extensively. He visited Belgium, the Netherlands, and southern France, and from 1892 to 1895 made regular trips to Venice. He continued to exhibit at the Paris Salons until his death, receiving a third place medal at the Paris Salon of 1881, and a gold medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle. In 1892 Boudin was made a knight of the Légion d’honneur, a somewhat tardy recognition of his talents and influence on the art of his contemporaries. Tragically however, the extensive praise and acceptance came too late. By now an old man, he was unable to keep up with the demand for his work, exhausting himself in the process, and becoming increasingly frail. Despite his late flourishing, until his death in 1898 he remained modest about his achievements, and the man described as the ‘master of the sky’ by no less than Corot would only say ‘I may well have had some small measure of influence on the movement that led painters to study actual daylight and express the changing aspects of the sky with the utmost sincerity.’ From a man about whom Monet said ‘If I have become a painter, I owe it to Eugène Boudin,’ this is some understatement.


About Willow Gallery

Willow Gallery first opened in Weybridge during the late 1980s, dealing in British and European 19th century paintings. Since relocating to London’s Duke Street, St James’s in 2006, the business has expanded both its client base and range of stock, and now sells work from the 1830s to the 1980s.

With an exhaustive global knowledge of the constantly fluctuating art market, full in-depth research of any painting purchased, and a keen eye for only buying exceptional paintings in excellent condition, we are able to procure works that represent superb value for money. With a vast network of contacts throughout the globe, we are aware of paintings long before they are available on the open market. Before acquiring a painting, a member of staff will usually travel to wherever it may be, to personally evaluate the piece and confirm that it fulfils all relevant criteria concerning quality, price, and condition. Clients quickly become aware that they are buying a painting that has had a thorough assessment from Willow Gallery, and realise the value of such expertise in ensuring that they are completely happy with their purchases.

The services that the gallery provide extend far beyond the moment of sale. To ensure that the paintings look their best in their new environment, we can provide a full installation service. We work with a number of lighting consultants and can also arrange to have the work hung by experts to ensure complete peace of mind. Advice can also be given regarding framing, cleaning and conservation. We will on occasion take pieces on consignment to sell on clients’ behalf.

Willow Gallery is perfectly placed to look to the future with confidence. With a location in the most sought-after street in the traditional art world, and a strong presence in numerous fairs both in the UK and abroad, our client base continues to expand as numerous buyers join us on our journey. Please visit the gallery to view our constantly changing stock, and should you have any paintings to sell, we are always looking to purchase the finest quality work.

Willow Art Gallery London - Fine Art Oil Paintings -Previously at Weybridge Surrey

Fine Art Oil Paintings at Willow Art Gallery London


We are also happy to advise clients about their collections, and are always looking to purchase the highest-quality paintings.


Willow Gallery has relocated from Weybridge Surrey to Duke St, London

Willow Fine Art Gallery in Duke Street London - Previously in Weybridge Surrey 

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Artist: Sir Alfred John Munnings "Morning Ride" For Sale - Water-colour Fine Art Painting - Willow Gallery Weybridge Surrey & London - Fine Art Gallery

Artist Sir Alfred Munnings - Painting The Morning Ride For Sale

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836 - 1893) - The Pool and London Bridge at Night Fine Art Oil Painting For Sale

Sir Kyffin Williams RA, RCA (1918 - 2006) - Pembrokeshire Cottage Fine Art Oil Painting For Sale

Artist Maximilien Luce - Painting La Bievre près du Paris

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Member of BADA and LAPADA
Established in 1990
Exhibitor at UK and International Fine Art and Antique fairs
Specialists in Impressionist and European paintings

Example Of The Range Of Art For Sale At Willow Gallery London

The extensive collection changes regularly, but the following list will give an indication of the quality and range of fine oil paintings available for sale. At the beginning of April 2015 Willow Gallery had paintings by the following artists;

A Arnosa, Jose Gallegos y

Blaas, Eugen de
Blinks, Thomas
Boudin, Eugène


Campo, Federico del
Cassigneul, Jean Pierre
Coomans, Pierre-Oliver Joseph
Cooper, CVO RA, Thomas Sidney,
Cortes, Edouard Leon

D Dufy, Jean
F Flint, RA, RWS, PRWS, Sir William Russell
Foster, Myles Birket
G Gilbert, Victor Gabriel
Grimshaw, John Atkinson
Grutzner, Eduard von
H Hamza, Johann
Hardy, ARWS, RP, RE, RWA, Heywood
Harvey, Harold
Hutchison, RSA, RBA, ROI, RSW, Robert Gemmell
I Irolli, Vincenzo
K Kennedy, Cecil
Klinkenberg, Johannes Christiaan Karel
Knight, Daniel Ridgway
Koekkoek, Willem
Koester, Alexander
Kruseman, Frederik Marinus
L Ladell, Edward
Laloue, Eugène Galien
Lavery, RA, RSA, RHA, Sir John
Lhermitte, Léon Augustin
Loiseau, Gustave
Lowry RA RSBA, Laurence Stephen
Luce, Maximilien
Luny, Thomas
M Montézin, Pierre Eugène
Munnings, KCVO, PRA, Sir Alfred
Muschamp RBA, Sydney
N Nerly, Christian Friedrich
P Paoletti, Antonio
Percy, Sidney Richard
Preyer, Emilie
R Reggianini, Vittorio
Renoir, Pierre-Auguste
Robie, Jean-Baptiste
S Salinas, Juan Pablo
Schendel, Petrus Van
Seago, RWS, RBA, Edward
Sharp, RBA, ROI, VPSWA, Dorothea
Spencelayh, HRBSA, RMS, VPBWS Charles
Spohler, Jan Jacob
Spohler, Johannes Franciscus
Springer, Cornelis
Stannard, Eloise Harriet
T Towne, Charles
U Utrillo, Maurice
V Valtat, Louis
Vlaminck, Maurice de
W Williams RA, RCA, Sir Kyffin

Visit the Willow Gallery website for the current selection of images representing paintings, which are only a choice few from their extensive collection.

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Willow Gallery Weybridge Surrey & London is a member of BADA - the British Antique Dealers' Association. Categories of Art at Willow gallery include Sporting, Marine, Impressionist, Modern British, Victorian & European

BADA - the British Antique Dealers' Association

Willow Gallery Weybridge Surrey & London is a member of LAPADA - the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers - Categories of Art at Willow gallery include Sporting, Marine, Impressionist, Modern British, Victorian & European

LAPADA - the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers

We are always looking to purchase fine quality paintings



Maurice Utrillo (1883 - 1955) Artist - Église Saint Léger, Soissons - Fine Art Oil Painting For Sale

Artist Laurence Stephen Lowry - Family Group

Artist Dorothea Sharp - On the Shore Painting at Willow Gallery London

Thomas Luny (1759 - 1837) Artist - The Battle of the Dogger Bank, August 5th, 1781

Maurice Utrillo (1883 - 1955) Artist - Église Saint Léger, Soissons

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