The Port of Bordeaux

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The Port of Bordeaux Dated 1874
Although he spent most of his career working on the coast of Normandy, Boudin also paid many visits to the thriving Atlantic port of Bordeaux in the south-west of France. Between 1852 and 1893 he exhibited there frequently and was patronised by local collectors. In the autumn of 1874 he stayed there for six weeks, painting a total of forty-seven works including this one. It shows the river Garonne near the Gironde estuary, situated just below the centre of Bordeaux. The buildings of the town are just visible beyond the varied masts and sails of the boats that crowd the estuary. Boudin’s free brushwork and observation of contemporary life mark him out as an important forerunner of Impressionism.

Glossary Open


An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.



  • Acc. No. NG 1072
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 40.00 x 65.40 cm (framed: 54.00 x 79.50 x 8.90 cm)
  • Credit Presented by George R MacDougall 1912