The war of 1870-7r found Boudin impecunious but great, for then there had well begun the series of freshly and vigorously conceived canvases and panels, which record the impressions of a precursor of the Impressionists in presence of the Channel waters, and of those autumn skies, or skies of summer, now radiant, now uncertain, which hung over the small ports and the rocky or chalk-cliff coasts, over the watering-places, Trouville, Dieppe, and over those larger harbours, with port and avant-port and bassin, of Dunkirk, of Havre.
EUGENE BOUDIN (1824-1898), French painter of the paysage de mer, was the son of a pilot.
Young Boudin found his desire to be a painter stimulated by their influence; his work made a certain progress, and the interest taken in the young man resulted in his being granted for a short term of years by the town of his adoption a pension, that he might study painting.
In the war time, Boudin was in Brittany and then in the Low Countries.
Doing excellent things continually through all the 'seventies, when he was in late middle age - gaining scope in colour, having now so many notes - faithful no longer wholly to his amazing range of subtle greys, now blithe and silvery, now nobly deep - sending to the Salon great canvases, and to the few enlightened people who would buy them of him the toile or panel of most moderate size on which he best of all expressed himself - Boudin was yet not acceptable to the public or to the fashionable dealer.
Re-established at Honfleur, Boudin was married and poor.
See also Gustave Cahen, Eugene Boudin (Paris, 1899); Arsene Alexandre, Essais; Frederick Wedmore, Whistler and Others (1906).
The late 'eighties had to come and Boudin to be elderly before there was a sale for his work at any prices that were in the least substantial.