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Eugène Boudin

Honfleur 1824 - Deauville 1898

In 1844, Louis Eugène Boudin became joint owner of a paper and framing business, which brought him into contact with artists such as Troyon, Isabey and Millet. These artists encouraged him, after seeing Boudin's work in the shop, to develop further as an artist. Boudin chose the art profession in 1847. In 1851 he left for Paris and learnt the trade in the studio of Isabey. He moved into a studio in Montmartre, the artists' village that was later absorbed by Paris, and became friends with leading artists such as Jongkind, Corot and Daubigny. Boudin would return to the Normandy coast every year to paint. He exhibited a lot, also at the Paris Salon, but success initially eluded him. It was only in the 1880s that collectors began buying his work, partly thanks to the art dealer Durand-Ruel who organised solo exhibitions of Boudin. Boudin visited the Netherlands on various occasions. The museum owns two of his Rotterdam harbour paintings.

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