Vacationers on the Beach at Trouville
On View In:
Gallery 355
Artist:   Eugène-Louis Boudin  
Title:   Vacationers on the Beach at Trouville  
Date:   1864  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   26 1/2 x 41 in. (67.31 x 104.14 cm) (canvas) 35 7/8 x 50 1/4 x 4 in. (91.12 x 127.64 x 10.16 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   The William Hood Dunwoody Fund  
Location:   Gallery 355  

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 Arts after it opened in 1915.

Name:   Boudin, Eugène-Louis  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1824 - 1898  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date LR in brown: [E.Boudin 1864]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Trouville environs. Beach (as place of recreation).  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   15.30  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts