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Antwerp, Boats on the Scheldt

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Antwerp, Boats on the Scheldt

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Eugène Louis Boudin
French, 1825–1898

Date

1871

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

1981.1

Dimensions

15 7/8 x 25 5/8 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 207

Description

As a child, Eugène Louis Boudin worked aboard a ship with his father, and it was there he first observed the interplay of sky and water that would dominate many of his canvases. In 1871, Boudin traveled to Antwerp, Belgium, where he executed many paintings of the busy port.

In this scene, Boudin portrayed a mix of commerce and leisure activity on the water, set off by the silhouette of Antwerp cathedral visible at left. He deftly captured the rapidly moving gray clouds that bring almost daily squalls to the city.

Credit

Gift of Dr. Nancy W. Walls