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 Boudin, Eugène Louis (French painter, 1824-1898) , A Dutch Canal

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Title A Dutch Canal
Alternative Title Bruxelles, Le Bassin du Commerce; The Commercial Dock, Brussels
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): The Burrell Collection
Artist Boudin, Eugène Louis (French painter, 1824-1898)
Date 1871 (dated)
Signed yes
Description

Although throughout his life Boudin continued to paint on his native Normandy coast, almost every year he spent a few months further afield. He first travelled abroad to Belgium in 1849. Because of the Franco-Prussian War he again left France in 1871. Encouraged by a local dealer he visited Brussels and Anvers because of the promise of easy sales of paintings just like this one.

Boudin would have painted this small work quickly. He would have been seated on a collapsible stool, directly facing his 'motif' - a dock busy with ships, if not with people. The many narrow buildings lining the dockside would have helped him 'frame' his picture - the strong verticals of the ship's masts balancing the horizontals of the water and the buildings. Like the Impressionists he paints reflections but the distant smoke is the only hint of movement in the work.

Current Accession Number 35.40
Inscription front lr 'EB '71'
Subject landscape; place (Brussels)
Measurements 26.0 x 34.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by Sir William and Lady Burrell 1944.
Provenance D Croal Thomson; purchased by Sir William Burrell, 1934.
Principal Exhibitions Loan Exhibition of the Burrell Collection, Tate Gallery, London, 1934; The Burrell Collection - A Selection, Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 1946; Paintings from the Burrell Collection, Arts Council Scottish Tour, 1947-8, cat. no. 5; The Burrell Collection, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, 1949, cat. no. 782; Paintings from the Burrell Collection, Arts Council English Tour, 1950-1, cat. no. 5;
Publications Paintings from the Burrell Collection, Arts Council of Great Britain Scottish Committee, 1947, cat. no. 5; The Burrell Collection, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, 1949, cat. no. 782; Paintings from the Burrell Collection, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1950, cat. no. 5; Jean-Aubry, G., Eugène Boudin, London, 1969; Schmit, R., Eugène Boudin 1824-98: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Paris, 1973; Knyff, Gilbert de, Eugène Boudin raconte par lui-meme: sa vie, son atelier, son oeuvre, Paris, 1976; Hamilton, V., Boudin at Trouville, London, 1992
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Vivien Hamilton
 

 

 

 

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