by Nathalie Azoulai
In the 1880s, Norman painter started to focus on Norman cows. He portrayed them grazing or lying down, alone or in herds, conveyed with realism or lightly sketched, and ultimately, he reduced them to mere spots of colours. Indeed Boudin tells no story at all, depicts no backgrounds, making his way up to pure perception and figurative abstraction. No wonder Monet would consider him his inspiring mentor.