Low Tide, Berck
Louis-Eugène Boudin (French, 1824-1898)
On View

Known as a pleinairiste, Boudin was among the first artists to paint entire compositions, rather than just sketches, outdoors (en plein air). He spent much of his career on the beaches of Normandy, capturing fleeting effects of light and weather. In his later years, Boudin preferred the rugged fishing village of Berck-sur-Mer to the casinos and resorts of more famous beach towns like Trouville, where he had made his name in the 1860s as a painter of vacationing Parisians. Here, visiting Berck in the off-season, he portrayed locals digging for clams at low tide, tiny figures under a soaring, stormy sky.


  • Artist Name: Louis-Eugène Boudin (French, 1824-1898)
  • Title: Low Tide, Berck
  • Date: 1886
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 19-3/4 x 24-1/8 in. (50.2 x 61.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1992.1.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

Belvallette, Paris, by 1899.
Brosset Heckel, Lyon (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 18 November 1966, lot 14, to);
[Stephen Hahn Gallery, New York, sold 1967 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation, transferred 1992 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

Exposition d' oeuvers d'Eugène Boudin

  • Paris, Ecole des Beaux Arts, 1899-01-09 to 1899-01-30

[on loan]

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967-07-16 to

[on loan]

  • Fullerton Library, 1967-10-20 to 1969-04-27

The Lure of the Water: Impressionists at the Seashore

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-07-01 to 1993-10-10

Reinstallation of South Wing

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-10-07 to 1995-08-13

Images of the Landscape, Barbizon and Impressionist Paintings from the Permanent Collection

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1987-07-02 to 1989-10-29

Three Centuries of French Art: Selections from The Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and The Norton Simon Foundation_1

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1973-05-03 to 1976-06-15
  • Ecole des Beaux Arts, Exposition d' oeuvers d'Eugène Boudin, 1899, no. 84, as Marée basse, Berck
  • Schmit, Robert, Eugène Boudin 1824-1898, 1973, no. 2148 p. 319
  • Graham, F. L., Three Centuries of French Art, 1973, no. 22
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 134
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 367 p. 289

Additional Artwork by Artist

Beach at Trouville Louis-Eugène Boudin 1873
Beach at Trouville Louis-Eugène Boudin 1880
Beach at Trouville Louis-Eugène Boudin 1888

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