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Le Havre, The Port (Le Havre, Le Port)

Eugène Louis Boudin

European Art

For Boudin, the sky—with its constant cloud motion and ever-changing light—proved a powerful source of inspiration throughout his career. Here, as in so many of his works, Boudin devotes two-thirds of the composition to the sky. While the thick clouds—painted in hues of white, gray, and even yellow—move across the bright blue sky, the water remains relatively still, providing faintly shimmering reflections of the masts and crane of the port.
MEDIUM Oil on panel
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1884
    DIMENSIONS 12 3/4 × 16 3/16 in. (32.4 × 41.1 cm) frame: 20 × 23 1/2 × 3 1/2 in. (50.8 × 59.7 × 8.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Stamped verso: "FAB[?] DE COULEURS FINES [?] TOILES A TABLEAUX/P. APRIN/45 Rue de Douai 45/PARIS"
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right: "E. Boudin/26 Aout 84"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Carll H. de Silver in memory of her husband
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Eugène Louis Boudin (French, 1824–1898). Le Havre, The Port (Le Havre, Le Port), 1884. Oil on panel, 12 3/4 × 16 3/16 in. (32.4 × 41.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Carll H. de Silver in memory of her husband, 13.48 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 13.48_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 13.48_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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