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The Jetty at Trouville

Photo credit: Glasgow Life Museums

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In 'The Jetty at Trouville', against a vast expanse of cloudy sky, groups of fashionably dressed figures chat, hang on to their hats, walk or watch the fishing boats heading out to sea. Boudin often painted the jetties of Trouville-Deauville. Here, especially on windy days, visitors enjoyed watching as the fishing boats, the Le Havre steamer and three-masted vessels fought against the swell and attempted to navigate the narrow channel. Built to shorten and deepen the narrow channel leading into the port, the jetties were accessible from the beach and became part of the ritual promenade for Trouville's visitors.

Boudin exhibited at the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 but his works are Pre-Impressionist rather than Impressionist. Although his subjects were drawn from everyday life and were largely painted outside directly from nature, he never adopted the Impressionist use of reflected light and rarely used the Impressionist brushstroke.

The Burrell Collection


The Jetty at Trouville




oil on canvas


H 64.8 x W 92.8 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944

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inscription / signed/dated


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