Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Eugène Boudin 1824-1898
Pardon de Sainte-Anne-La-Palud 1858
Oil on canvas 91.5cm x 151.5cm
Musée Malraux, Le Havre

Charles Cottet 1863-1924
Femmes de Plougastel au Pardon de Sainte-Anne-La-Palud 1903
Oil on canvas 120.5 x 160.5
Musée des beaux-arts, Rennes

Saint Anne is the patron saint of Brittany.

One of the biggest pardons in Brittany still in existence is that of St Anne at Sainte-Anne-La-Palud.

The Pardon centres around the Sea.

Eugène Boudin (July 12, 1824 – August 8, 1898) was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors.

Boudin was a marine painter. In 1857 Boudin met the young Claude Monet who spent several months working with Boudin in his studio. The two remained lifelong friends. Monet later paid tribute to Boudin’s early influence. Boudin joined Monet and his young friends in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874.

He was one of the most important precursors to Impressionism.

Charles Cottet (1863–1925), French painter, was born at Le Puy-en-Velay and died in Paris. A famed post-impressionist, Cottet is known for his dark, evocative painting of rural Brittany and seascapes.

He was regarded in his lifetime as one of the most original artists of his generation

Considered a member of the School of Pont-Aven, Cottet had much in common with the Nabis.