Princess Pauline Metternich (1836–1921) on the Beach

Eugène Boudin French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 821

Pauline Metternich, wife of the Austrian ambassador at the court of Napoleon III, was a famously homely yet chic style icon known for her sense of wit; she was said to have referred to herself as "the fashion monkey." Boudin achieved success with his scenes of stylishly dressed families taking the sea air at Trouville and other beach resorts, and apart from Empress Eugénie, no woman would have aroused more interest on the beach than her friend Princess Metternich.

Princess Pauline Metternich (1836–1921) on the Beach, Eugène Boudin (French, Honfleur 1824–1898 Deauville), Oil on cardboard, laid down on wood

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