Date of Birth: 12/7/1824
A largely self-taught marine painter who was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors. Boudin was born at Honfleur, the son of a ship's captain. At a young age he spent time in his father's framing shop in Le Harve that was visited by painters, including Jean-Francois Millet, who encouraged him to take up painting. He began painting full time at the age of 22 and was influenced by Dutch 17th century masters. Boudin visited Paris, where he studied at the Louvre and also established contact with painters of the Barbizon School. In about 1856 Boudin met Claude-Oscar Monet and introduced him to outdoor painting (plein-air). The two worked together in the later 1860s and Boudin joined Monet and his friends in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874. With a growing reputation, he visited Belgium, the Netherlands, southern France and Venice and continued to exhibit at the Paris Salons. In 1889 he won a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle and in 1891 he became a knight of the Lgion d'honneur. The majority of his paintings are small landscapes of the harbours and beaches of the coast of northern France. Boudin died in 1898 having returned to his home at Deauville, to die within sight of Channel waters.