The musée Jacquemart-André always has interesting temporary exhibits. From March 22 to July 22, 2013, the exhibit will feature Normandy artist Eugène Boudin. This is the first exhibit of the work of “the king of skies” in Paris since 1899. Best known for marine and beach scenes from France and abroad, Boudin was one of the first plein air painters.
His adroit rendering of skies and seascapes made him popular with American collectors. In 1886, his paintings were presented at an exhibit of Impressionist painters in New York. As a result, many of his works are in various private collections and North American museums, including Washington’s National Gallery. This exhibit brings together 60 paintings, watercolors, and drawings, many of which haven’t been seen in France since they were first painted. In addition, the exhibit shows works from several French museums, including the wonderful museum that bears Boudin’s name in Honfleur, the artist’s hometown.
Un Boudin (uhn boodahn) could refer to a painting by the artist. But the word has many other meanings in French. It refers to: a sausage; a fat, lumpish person; sausage curls; a draft stopper; and fat fingers! That’s almost as varied as the skies in works by Boudin.