I have spent most of my today reading/viewing the Phaidon book on Monet (picked up from the free shelf at a bookstore in San Francisco!) and it has been lovely so far. Monet’s Thames below Westminster, Girls in a boat, and the Water-Lily Pond are my absolute favourites.
Whilst I have been fortunate to view Monet’s work at The National Gallery, London; I have never really been able to spend hours appreciating his masterpieces there; mostly because am not big on collective viewing experience with a million other strangers, and also because art galleries have too many elements of visual stimulation that makes me restless.
Anyway, going back to the book–what caught my attention was the artist, Eugene Boudin, one of the first French painters of landscape who changed Monet’s perspective on painting (from being a caricaturist to a landscape painter) when he took him along on a trip to the countryside where Eugene did his painting. In Monet’s words:
It was as if a veil was torn from my eyes; I understood what painting could be.
I didn’t know of or had seen any of Eugene Boudin’s art until today, which made me rather curious about it. Eugene, though, was well recognised for his landscapes, wasn’t an active participant of the Impressionists group that Monet forefronted.
I am sharing here some drawings and paintings of Eugene Boudin that I found on The Art Institute of Chicago website for you to look at and probably even observe how it may have influenced Monet’s work.
*All the images are taken from the SAIC website.