Boudin frequently painted landscapes along the coast of Brittany. This view of the village of Le Faou, east of Brest, was probably executed during Boudin's first visit there in 1867.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): E.Boudin.
?[Durand-Ruel, Paris]; Cyrus J. Lawrence, New York (1886–1910; his estate sale, American Art Association, New York, January 21–22, 1910, no. 62, sold for $825 to Alexander); Mrs. Charles Beatty Alexander, Tuxedo Park, N.Y. (from 1910); [Carroll Carstairs and Knoedler, New York, February–June 1947, when Knoedler's share sold to Carstairs]; [Carroll Carstairs, New York, from 1947]; [Sam Salz, New York]; Arthur J. Neumark, New York (until 1959; life interest, 1959–d. 1966)
New York. American Art Association. "Works in Oil and Pastel by the Impressionists of Paris," April 10–28, 1886, no. 4 (as "Village on Border of a River," possibly this picture).
New York. National Academy of Design. "Works in Oil and Pastel by the Impressionists of Paris," May 25–June 30, 1886, no. 4 (as "Village on Border of a River," possibly this picture).
Hans Huth. "Impressionism Comes to America." Gazette des beaux-arts, 6th ser., 29 (April 1946), p. 246 n. 37, suggests that Cyrus J. Lawrence could have purchased this picture from Exh. New York 1886.
Robert Schmit. Letter to Theodore Rousseau. May 21, 1963, identifies the site as the village of Le Faou in Brittany.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, XIX Century. New York, 1966, pp. 134–35, ill.
Robert Schmit. Eugène Boudin, 1824–1898. Paris, 1973, vol. 1, p. 297, no. 833, ill., calls it "Le Faou. Le village au bord de la rivière" and dates it about 1872–73.
Charles S. Moffett. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pp. 18–19, ill. (color).
Denise Delouche. Eugène Boudin et la Bretagne. Tours, 1987, p. 74, ill., calls it "Le Faou, le village au bord de la mer".
Robert Schmit and Manuel Schmit. Eugène Boudin, 1824–1898. Vol. 2, Deuxième supplément. Paris, 1993, p. 209, no. 833, calls it "Le Faou, le village sur la rive droite du bras de mer".
A similar composition by Boudin was sold at Sotheby's, London, on July 4, 1962, no. 4, as "La Loire" (Schmidt 1973, no. 835).