A Boudin Work Donated to Quimper

Eugène Boudin (1824-1898) A Wedding in Quimper ou
The Bride and Groom Arriving at the Inn, 1857
Oil on Panel - 27 x 35 cm
Quimper, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Photo : MBA Quimper

1/6/12 - Acquisition - Quimper, Musée des Beaux-Arts - The Association des Amis du musée des Beaux-Arts in Quimper has donated a painting by Eugène Boudin entitled A Wedding in Quimper [1], which sold for 38,080€ (including charges) at auction on 10 December 2011 in Brest at Thierry-Lannon’s. It had previously been offered by Artcurial on 22 June of the same year and sold for 31,518€ (also with charges).
This is a study painted from life, produced in 1857 during a stay in Brittany ; the painter discovered the region for the first time in 1855 and returned there several times until 1897. A lover of the Normandy region, Boudin was nonetheless attracted to the austerity and harshness of Brittany, in stark contrast with the "idle laziness" of the beaches at Trouville. He was especially skilled at capturing the picturesque character of the crowds during the "pardon" ceremonies.

This oil represents another kind of celebration, illustrating the bride and groom arriving at the inn, under a gray sky, quickly sketched in. Lined up as in a frieze, the figures seem to blend into each other in tones ranging from black to yellowish brown, animated however by a few red notes and highlighting the center of the composition with a view of the bride on a donkey, seen from the back.
We do not know if the artist produced a more complete painting based on this work ; however, there exist two preparatory studies held at the Louvre : one in pencil places the figures in a similar layout to those in the painted study but is more tightly centered, showing a perspective closed off by the houses. The painter annotated the drawing, giving the colors and adding other details. The second study, a watercolor drawing, is less precise, but with a composition closer to that of the painting as it leaves an empty foreground and relegates the houses to one side opening up the sky which reveals the spires of the cathedral towers.
This painting rounds out the museum collection which already owns three other works by the artist during his early stays in Quimper : The Odet near Quimper, a small panel from 1855-1858 ; a View of the Port in Quimper from 1857 and a pastel from the same year representing the interior of the Quimper cathedral.

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Bénédicte Bonnet Saint-Georges, lundi 4 juin 2012


[1] We would like to thank André Cariou for the information he provided concerning this acquisition.

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