The Bay at the Mouth of the River Elorn, Landerneau
Eugène–Louis Boudin ( French, 1824 - 1898 )
Eugène Boudin was arguably the most famous painter of harbors, rivers, and coasts in 19th-century France. Long before the Impressionists, he worked en plein air (outdoors) to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere in his depictions of water, clouds, and sky. Boudin traveled frequently to paint the coasts and waterways of his native Normandy, as well as the Brittany region of northwest France. Here he recorded an inland port along the Elorn River in the Breton town of Landerneau. His sensitive transcription of light filtering through large, wind-blown clouds affirms his nickname as “the king of the skies.