Bowes Museum: The Ferry at Deauville


The above oil on linen painting is the work of the 19th century French artist Eugène Louis Boudin. Dating between 1843-1868, the painting is one of Boudin’s early works which frequently depict shipping ports on the Normandy coast. Boudin was the son of a sailor and began his career in a stationary and picture framing business in the port of Le Havre. The port of Deauville is in the north west region of Normandy and is captured in the painting on an unsettled day. Many of his works were painted outdoors and following his meeting with Claude Monet in 1858, Boudin introduced and encouraged Monet to develop this practice.


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