Oil on fabric
Framed: 105.4 x 149.9 x 15.2 cm (41 1/2 x 59 x 6 in.); Unframed: 77.6 x 122.7 cm (30 9/16 x 48 5/16 in.); Former: 111 x 155.5 x 6.5 cm (43 11/16 x 61 1/4 x 2 9/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin 1977.123
This painting was submitted to the Paris Salon in 1876 as Cazin’s first major work.
Cazin exhibited this painting at the Paris Salon of 1876, marking the start of his official career. It depicts a boatyard in the artist's native Boulogne, a port city on the English Channel. The young man in the foreground is melting tar at a smoky fire, while men work on a boat just above him. Cazin was associated with the Realist movement during his early years and later with the Impressionists.
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