’bout Boudin (the port of Le Havre)

Havre, The Port, 1884. Eugene Boudin

Havre, The Port, 1884. Eugene Boudin

Havre, Sailboats in the Port, 1883. Eugene Boudin

Havre, Sailboats in the Port, 1883. Eugene Boudin

Here we got a boat that we have seen before in paintings by Boudin: it’s the red boat.

Some of the boats are anchored in the port like the boats above and this mighty Three Master:

Le Havre, Three Master at Anchor in the Harbor - Eugène Boudin - c.1879

Le Havre, Three Master at Anchor in the Harbor – Eugène Boudin – c.1879

Others paintings are more eventful and show the ships coming and going in the harbor like these:

Eugène Boudin - Ships and Sailing Boats Leaving Le Havre, 1887

Eugène Boudin – Ships and Sailing Boats Leaving Le Havre, 1887

Port of Havre, 1887. Eugene Boudin

Port of Havre, 1887. Eugene Boudin

Leaving the Port of Havre, 1883. Eugene Boudin

Leaving the Port of Havre, 1883. Eugene Boudin

Eugene Boudin - Entrance to the Port of Le Havre, 1888

Eugene Boudin – Entrance to the Port of Le Havre, 1888

Note how much room Boudin gives to the sky, the clouds and the sunlight, More of two-thirds of the painting shows the sky. The sea and the boats are really beautiful as well but Boudin must’ve really studied the clouds in order to paint them as realistically as they look. If you look closely you look closely to the paintings above you will notice that he has painted at least one steamboat that produces a lot of black smoke. Did Boudin try to tell us how he felt about these modern inventions or was he simply painting what he saw?

He also made some pretty ones of the harbor at sunset:

Entrance to the Harbor, Le Havre 1883 / by Eugène Boudin

Entrance to the Harbor, Le Havre 1883 / by Eugène Boudin

The Port of Le Havre at Sunset - Eugene Boudin 1882

The Port of Le Havre at Sunset – Eugene Boudin 1882

Bonsoir, mon amis! Hilde

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