Eugene Boudin played a fundamental role in the creation of the Impressionist language. In addition to proposing works as early as the 1860s that explicitly foretell the future results of the next generation, he was also the one who discovered and nurtured the talent of Claude Monet, whom he met by chance after admiring some caricatures that the young artist had exhibited in a frame shop in Le Havre. Impressed by his skills, Boudin convinced Monet to join him to paint out of doors and try his hand at the landscape genre. Monet reluctantly accepted the invitation and learned the secrets of plein-air painting from the elder master. Boudin had already authoreda number of seascapes painted with rapid brushstrokes and an extraordinary attention to the atmospheric aspect, exemplified in this splendid canvas from 1866, a very early example of a landscape painted from life, featuringdabs and flourishes intended to capture the perceptual truth of the instant and commit it to canvas.