Monet on the Run - 20. An old acquaintance
At 15, Monet was earning a little money as a gifted caricaturist. One day, the landscape painter Eugène Boudin met the youngster, recognised his talent and encouraged him to pick up painting. For a while, they spent many hours together, sketching in the countryside, or admiring sunsets over the sea.

Fifteen years later, Monet must have been very pleased to run into his initial mentor and his wife, who had arrrived in Trouville on August 12, 1870.

Boudin, his senior by 16 years, spent part of his life in this small, but fashionable coastal town. His numerous paintings of the harbour and the beach are ample evidence.

Eugène Boudin,
- Le port de Trouville (Trouville Harbour), 1873. Oil on panel, 30.7 x 57.6 cm. National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
- L’entrée du port de Trouville (The Entrance to Trouville Harbour), 1888. Oil on mahogany, 32.4 x 40.9 cm. The National Gallery, London
Claude Monet, L'entrée du port de Trouville (Entrance to the Port of Trouville), 1870. Oil on canvas, 54 x 66 cm. Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, Hungary

Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
“Musicians in the Orchestra” (1872)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Städel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Laura Knight (1877-1970)
“A Dark Pool” (1918)