Trouville environs. Beach (as place of recreation).

Vacationers on the Beach at Trouville, 1864

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The William Hood Dunwoody Fundexpand_more  15.30

This is one of Eugène Boudin's many paintings of the Normandy coast in northern France. Around 1862 Boudin began working at Trouville, a summer resort served by the new train lines from Paris. There, well-to-do city dwellers enjoyed a new type of vacation: the beach holiday. Some people actually swam (wearing the daring new bathing costumes), but many gathered just to enjoy the sea air and socialize. Boudin's beach scenes, a new subject for painting, sold rapidly to Paris collectors. Most were smaller than this - just the size for Parisian parlors.

This was the first painting purchased by the Minneapolis Institute of Art after it opened in 1915.

Vacationers on the Beach at Trouville
Artist Life
1824 - 1898
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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Trouville environs. Beach (as place of recreation).