About this artwork

This lively scene is characteristic of Boudin's small paintings of the Normandy coast. Boudin deliberately placed the horizon low in the picture to emphasise the ever-changing sky, here filled with puffs of cloud blown by a strong wind. The wind also animates the sails of the many ships in and around the harbour. The port of Trouville was just a few miles to the west of Honfleur and was one of Boudin's favourite subjects. The building on the point has been identified as the Hotel Bellevue.

  • title: Trouville Harbour
  • accession number: NG 2371
  • artist: Louis-Eugene BoudinFrench (1824 - 1898)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Harbours and quays The sea
  • date created: 1873
  • measurements: 30.70 x 57.60 cm
  • credit line: Bequest of Agnes Anderson; received from the estate of her daughter Mrs Jessie B Agnew 1979
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Louis-Eugene Boudin

Louis-Eugene Boudin

Boudin, one of the most distinguished French artists of the second half of the nineteenth century, contributed directly to the development of Impressionism through his active encouragement of Monet. His open air sketches and paintings of the Normandy coast, capturing the effects of light and atmosphere with vigorous brush work inspired the younger artist to pursue his interests in similar directions. Boudin's sympathetic response to the sea and coast developed as a young cabin boy. He then became a stationer and framer in Le Havre before receiving a scholarship to study painting in Paris. Boudin settled in Honfleur in 1860 and contributed to the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874.