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Press Event: Eugène Boudin at the National Gallery of Art

The art of French landscape painter Eugène Boudin (1824 – 1898) will get a rare showing in America, when 'Eugène Boudin at the National Gallery of Art' goes on view in the National Gallery of Art's East Building, March 25 through September 3, 2007. The exhibition of approximately 40 paintings and works on paper will honor the centenary of the birth of Paul Mellon, the Gallery's founding president and the benefactor largely responsible for its Boudin collection, which is one of the largest and most distinguished in this country. Proclaimed the 'king of the skies' by Camille Corot, Boudin influenced a number of impressionist painters, most notably Claude Monet.