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On the Beach, Dieppe

Artist:
Eugène Boudin (French, Honfleur 1824–1898 Deauville)
Date:
1864
Medium:
Oil on wood
Dimensions:
12 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (31.8 x 29.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002
Accession Number:
2003.20.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 821
The changing skies of France's Channel coast and the fashionable crowds on the resort beaches were Boudin's lifelong subjects. These pictures were avidly collected, ensuring the artist's success. In 1863 he commented: "They love my little ladies on the beach, and some people say that there's a thread of gold to exploit there."
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): E. Boudin 1864
James McCormick, Brooklyn (until d. 1903; his estate sale, American Art Association, New York, March 28–30, 1904, no. 158, sold for $330 to Reid); Daniel Gray Reid, Chicago (from 1904); W. O. Cole, Chicago; his estate; [Knoedler, New York; sold to Annenberg]; Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (by 1963–his d. 2002)
Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Summer Loan Collections," July 4–September 2, 1963, no catalogue.

London. Tate Gallery. "The Annenberg Collection," September 2–October 8, 1969, no. 3.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," May 21–September 17, 1989, unnumbered cat.

Washington. National Gallery of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," May 6–August 5, 1990, unnumbered cat.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," August 16–November 11, 1990, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection," June 4–October 13, 1991, unnumbered cat.

M. Roy Fisher. The Annenberg Collection. Exh. cat., Tate Gallery. London, 1969, unpaginated, no. 3, ill. (color), as "Sur la plage, Dieppe".

Robert Schmit. Eugène Boudin, 1824–1898. Paris, 1973, vol. 1, p. 103, no. 301, ill., as "Scène de plage".

Jean Selz. E. Boudin. New York, 1982, p. 61, ill. on cover (color), remarks that by 1864, Boudin was finally receiving recognition for his beach scenes and that his pictures from that year, including this one, "bear the mark of this new harmony".

Robert Schmit. Eugène Boudin, 1824–1898. Vol. 1, Premier supplément. Paris, 1984, p. 135, no. 301.

Joseph J. Rishel in Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Ed. Colin B. Bailey, Joseph J. Rishel, and Mark Rosenthal. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1991, pp. 4–5, 131–32, ill. (color and black and white).

Gary Tinterow. "Miracle au Met." Connaissance des arts no. 472 (June 1991), p. 36.

Robert Schmit and Manuel Schmit. Eugène Boudin, 1824–1898. Vol. 2, Deuxième supplément. Paris, 1993, p. 198, no. 301.

Joseph J. Rishel in Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Ed. Susan Alyson Stein and Asher Ethan Miller. 4th rev. ed. [1st ed., 1989]. New York, 2009, pp. 7–9, no. 2, ill. (color).



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