Eugène Boudin was born in the harbour town of Honfleur, France in 1824. In 1835 he moved to Le Havre and was apprenticed to a printer. By 1838 he had moved to work in an art supplies shop and drew in his spare time. He travelled to Paris in 1847-8 and decided that he wanted to paint full time. He returned to Le Havre where he exhibited work in 1850. He was granted a scholarship to study in Paris by the town. Boudin first exhibited in the 1859 Salon, and subsequently in the Salon des Refusées. He travelled round the coast of France, visiting Holland, Belguim and Italy too, for he was interested in painting harbour and beach scenes. In 1874 he took part in the first Impressionist exhibition. Boudin died in 1898.