Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid


This exhibition explores the relationship between Claude Monet and his teacher Eugène Boudin: two artists who together comprise the most important practitioners of mid-19th-century French plein air painting.The two painters shared a number of painterly interests, including the iconography of modern life, as reflected in scenes of summer holiday visitors on the beach at Trouville; the changing effects of light, as evinced in so many of their oils and pastels; and the largely untamed nature of the Brittany and Normandy coastlines.

Bringing together around 100 works by the two artists, this exhibition aims to cast light on Monet’s formative years, in which Boudin played an important role, to offer a retrospective of the two careers, and to provide an insight into the origins of the Impressionist movement. Find out more about the Monet/Boudin exhibition from the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza’s website.

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The Eure Basin at Le Havre, Eugène Boudin

The Eure Basin at Le Havre (1885), Eugène Boudin. © Jean-Pierre Godais, Musée d’Art, Histoire et Archéologie, ville d’Évreux

Antibes, Claude Monet

Antibes (1888), Claude Monet. Photo: Arturo Piera

On the Beach at Trouville, Eugène Boudin

On the Beach at Trouville (1863), Eugène Boudin. Private collection

The Beach at Trouville, Claude Monet

The Beach at Trouville (1870), Claude Monet. Courtesy the National Gallery, London

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