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Eugène Boudin: A Father Figure
There were several dozen painters whose names could be catalogued as indirect contributors to the development of Impressionism.

Eugène Louis Boudin was older than the rest of the group. His sixteen years' seniority put him in something of a fatherly position to Monet when he met that penniless and precocious youth in Le Havre, which was Boudin's native city as well as Monet's. It was Boudin who first interested Monet in the landscape, to which for some reason the youngster had adopted a scornful attitude, and they worked together on landscape subjects.

Bathers on the Beach of Trouville

The Beach at Trouville

The typical Boudin is a long and placid strip of beach with ladies and gentlemen ranged in front of the sea's horizon beneath a seraphic sky. a figure may be indicated in three or four touches of paint of different colors - a white skirt, a red shawl, a blue umbrella - accented with bits of dark for heads and feet. But Boudin also did pure landscapes, not always involving water and beaches. He was interested in representing different weathers; these effects, and his cursory notations of form, made him a precursor of impressionism before he exhibited in the first impressionist show. He shared the Impressionist's later triumphs and was also awarded a Salon medal in 1889 and the Legion of Honour in 1892. Not strictly speaking an impressionist, Boudin was acceptable on much the same terms as the Barbizon men, whose paintings by then were established commodities. He is a delightful painter, more and more sought by collectors.

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