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Artist NameEugène Boudin (1824-1898)
TitleComing out of church at Plougastel, Brittany
Date of Artwork1869
MediumWatercolour over pencil
Size8 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. • 216 x 260 mm
SignedSigned and dated 1869

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Honfleur 1824-1898 Deauville

Sortie de l'église à Plougastel

Pencil and watercolour
8 1/8 x 10 ¼ inches 20.6 x 26 cm
Signed, inscribed and dated 1869

This impressive watercolour by Boudin is both unusually large and in very fresh state with great depth of colour in the trees and delicate tints in the figures and church stone. Although best known for his marine and beach scenes, Boudin was fascinated by the Bretons, seen here as they group outside the church after Mass. On the verso are preliminary drawings in pencil for the figure groups, demonstrating the careful preparation of the composition.

Through his early contacts and friendship with Eugène Isabey and Johann Barthold Jongkind, Boudin came to paint en plein air, drawn to the coasts and ports of his native Normandy and later to Brittany. In his turn Boudin came to know and befriend the young Claude Monet from the age of sixteen, with whom he remained a lifelong friend. He therefore forms an important link between the Romantics, in particular the painters of coast and shore, and the Impressionists.