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Old master and modern paintings
The painting was created in 1893, during Boudin's stay in the city of Antibes and its surroundings, where he painted several pieces. This period was marked by the growth of tourism in the region and the increasing popularity of the French Riviera among artists and travelers.
Eugène Boudin's painting depicts a Provençal-style bastide, typical of the southern region of France. The large stone facade coated in beige, with large windows and dark shutters, creates a harmonious and soothing aesthetic. The geranium planters added to the windowsills bring a touch of color and highlight the picturesque character of the house. The large niche nestled between the windows adds a sculptural dimension to the facade, reminiscent of the influence of classical art on Provençal architecture.
The carriage, positioned at the center of the composition, immediately captures the viewer's attention and serves as the focal point of the painting. To the right of the carriage, two young girls are seen chatting while keeping an eye on the scene from the top of the steps. A dog is also present in front of the carriage wheels, adding a whimsical touch to the scene.
The path that runs alongside the two semi-detached houses creates a sense of depth in the composition. However, it is not just the perspective that contributes to the creation of the illusion of depth, but also the way Boudin distributes the paint strokes. The subtle application of luminous tones on the facades and dirt path creates a striking play of shadows and light that further enhances the atmosphere of a Provençal scene.
2 600 €