Festival in the Harbor of Honfleur, 1858
On the French coast, in a town called Le Havre, Boudin began to paint the sea. In 1844, he met Corot in the stationary and picture framing shop that was owned by his father. The seaside was a place many artists went for the summer months to paint the landscapes and seascapes; Corot included.
Boudin was self-taught like Corot; utilizing the en plein air technique. Corot referred to him as the "master of the sea." He is said to be the link between Corot and the Impressionists; the latter included Boudin in their first Impressionist exhibition of 1874.