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image of Bathing Time at Deauville Eugène Boudin (artist)
French, 1824 - 1898
Bathing Time at Deauville, 1865
oil on wood
overall: 34.7 x 57.5 cm (13 11/16 x 22 5/8 in.) framed: 58.4 x 81.6 x 12.7 cm (23 x 32 1/8 x 5 in.)
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
1983.1.8
On View
From the Tour: The Beginnings of Impressionist Landscape
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Boudin, twenty years older than most of the impressionists, was among the few artists of his generation to insist on painting in the open air, declaring three brushstrokes done outdoors to be of greater value than days spent working in the studio. Grains of sand from the beaches where Boudin painted still adhere to some of his pictures. At times he was accompanied by the young Claude Monet. "Suddenly a veil was torn away," Monet said of Boudin's influence, "my destiny as a painter opened up to me." Boudin acknowledged the debt of Monet and other impressionists with characteristic modesty: "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." He exhibited with them at the first impressionist exhibition in 1874.

Though Boudin believed sincerity was achieved by painting directly from nature, he still made adjustments to his paintings in the studio. "An impression is gained in an instant," he advised a student, "but it then 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."

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