Wednesday, 26 August 2015

THE BEGINNINGS OF IMPRESSIONISM - Eugene Boudin


THE SALON DES REFUSEES 1874

In 1874 a relatively insignificant exhibition of 30 Artists took place in Paris. At the time Impressionism was a radical new idea being explored by a small group of artists in the city of light. Because the style bucked tradition, many were turned away by the Salon, which was the most important exhibition of the Parisian calendar. The loosly formed group, headed by Edouard Manet, elected to put together a non juried exhibition, the only criteria being that the Salon had refused your submission. As such, the exhibition included many fringe artists that are relatively unknown today.

I like to think I would have been one of this silent radical group, mixing with Manet, Monet, Degas and Lautrec, meeting in the parks, coffee shops and night clubs of 19th Century Paris, living outside convention, and involved in the process of change. Because I feel such a connection to Belle Epoch Paris and the Impressionist movement, I will be introducing some of these relative unknowns over time.



SOCIETE ANONYME
DES ARTISTES PEINTRES, SCULPTEURS, GRAVEURS, ETC...
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PREMIÈRE
EXPOSITION
1874
35, boulevard des Capucines, 35
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CATALOGUE
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Prix : 50 centimes

L'exposition est ouverte du 15 avril au 15 mai 1874,
de 10 h. du matin à 6 h. du soir et de 8 h. à 10 h. du soir
PRIX D'ENTREÉE : 1 FRANC.
PARIS
IMPRIMERIE ALCAN-LÉVY,
61, RUE DE LAFAYETTE
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Exposition de 1874
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CATALOGUE
BOUDIN (Eugène)
31, rue Saint Lazare, Paris.
17. Le Toulinguet, cotes de Camaret (Finistére).
18. Rivare de Portrieux (Cotes-du-Nord).
19. Id. id.
20. 4 Cadres (meme numero). Etudes de ciel. Pastels.
21. 2 Cadres (meme numero). Etudes diverses. Pastels.
22. 4 Cadres (meme numero). Plage de Trouville. Aquerels.

GOOGLE TRANSLANTION
17. Toulinguet , coast Camaret (Finistère) 
18. Rivare of Portrieux (Cotes- du-Nord) 
19. Id . Id. 20. 4 Frames (same number) Studies sky. Pastel. 
21. 2 Frames (same number ) Various studies. Pastel
22. 4 Frames (same number ) Trouville Beach. Watercolour


EUGENE LOUIS BOUDIN
As I've blogged about Boudin before, I won't bore you with repitition, however, on researching this blog I discovered several things about Boudin that are new to me, which surprises me because I've spent many happy hours enjoying Boudin's work.

1. He painted in pastel as well as water-colour.
2. He included small cloud studies in the first impressionist exhibition
3. He focused on one thing that he was really good at, namely beach and ocean scenes with big skies.
4. He painted to a winning formula and probably did very well with his slightly romanticized vignettes which still sell well in print form today.