Eugene Boudin at the National Gallery of Art
March 25 – September 3, 2007
East Building, Mezzanine, Northwest

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 22 paintings and 21 drawings and watercolors of beach scenes, ships, and seascapes by Eugène Boudin from the collection of the National Gallery of Art were on view in this exhibition, which honored the centenary of the birth of Gallery benefactor Paul Mellon. Included were 27 works given to the Gallery by Mellon and an additional 11 donated by his sister Ailsa Mellon Bruce. It was the first American exhibition in 30 years to focus on the works of Boudin.

Other programs celebrating the centenary of Paul Mellon's birth included a special installation, Paul Mellon and the National Gallery of Art, on view in the West Building, Main Floor, Information Room; Paul Mellon Collects, a series of Gallery talks on selected works of art that Paul Mellon and his wife Bunny gave the National Gallery of Art; In Honor of Paul Mellon: The Great Collectors, a series of Sunday lectures on major donors to the National Gallery; and a special series of mid-day piano concerts presented in the West Building Lecture Hall on six Wednesdays in May and June. A Benny Goodman–style jazz concert was presented by the Eddie Daniels Ensemble in the East Building atrium on Sunday June 10. Benny Goodman, one of Mellon's favorite musicians, had performed on May 30, 1978, at one of the events held at the museum on the occasion of the opening of the East Building. Paul Mellon: In His Own Words, a documentary film about the life of Paul Mellon, was produced by the National Gallery of Art and premiered in June 2007. The Choir of St. George's Chapel of Windsor Castle presented concerts in tribute to Paul Mellon on October 25 in the East Garden Court of the West Building and again on November 10 during the evensong service at St. George's Chapel.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The curator was Florence E. Coman, assistant curator of French paintings, National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by Altria Group, Inc. The special series of Wednesday piano concerts was supported by the Billy Rose Foundation.

Attendance: 116,400

Image: Eugène Boudin, Beach Scene at Trouville, 1863, oil on wood, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1983.1.14

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Press Event: Eugène Boudin at the National Gallery of Art
Audio, Released: March 20, 2007, (14:35 minutes)