European Art: 19th Century

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Low Tide, Berck, 1886

Louis-Eugène Boudin

French, 1824-1898
Oil on canvas
19-3/4 x 24-1/8 in. (50.2 x 61.3 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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As with the other seascapes along this wall, these paintings by Louis-Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet are important markers in the development of modern art. Their straightforward palettes and audacious brushwork, coupled with an evenhanded approach to the subject that suppresses narrative and anecdote in favor of a direct vision, make a radical break with convention. With both of these paintings, which can be paired with larger works of the same subject in the artists’ oeuvres, the smaller versions are
executed with an extraordinary sense of freedom most easily accomplished when painting en plein air.

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