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n°141/ Local Time

October 2014

 

by Nathalie Azoulai

 

What do 19th Century French painter Eugène Boudin and American contemporary artist Eric Cahan have in common ? The easy answer could be skies even if the former cherished Norman and Breton dense cloudy skies, while the latter focuses on radiant blinding ethereal Californian. A more tricky answer should be that both of them would include in the painting the specific time and location of the view, going like « Quimper, Sunrise, 4 am » or « San Francisco, Sunrise, 6:57am ». Let’s note though the tiny difference in the counting of the minutes a 19th-Century pocket watch holder would not bother with whereas a smartphone holder couldn’t but write down… 

 

 Eugène Boudin

 Eric Cahan