The Boudin's technique is to paint in broad strokes, which allow him to concentrate on the volumes and planes. He made his study of the traditional methods of the Old Masters, but always giving priority to the rendering of form. And he is not afraid to break with tradition when it suited him. His paintings are not small in scale; they are monumental in size, almost always measuring more than two meters in width. He sees painting as process rather than creating a specific image; it is about building layers that eventually will create an image. He does not decorate his canvas with a lot of details, but by creating depth through light and shade, he gives the spectator the opportunity to explore his paintings in three dimensions. He painted using both oil paint and pastels, but preferred oil because it gave him more working time. His approach was considered old-fashioned during the Impressionist period. But his works were much sought after during his lifetime and afterwards due to their realistic portrayal of light and colour.
Boudin's last day was February 1, 1898. He died in his studio, working on a painting of the view out the window. He was seventy-six years old. He had been painting since he was fifteen, when he had run away from home to join the navy; but he had never taught himself how to paint. When he was fifteen there were no art schools; there were no art museums; there were no magazines to publish paintings in; there were no other artists around to teach him anything, or even to show him what they were doing. He would go on painting without interruption for the next sixty-nine years. Boudin never tried very hard at any one thing. He never spent more than a few months on any one thing, and rarely less than a week or so. But he tried very hard at everything, and every minute he wasn't working on something else he was thinking about painting in general and about what he was working on in particular.
Oil painting reproduction of Eugène Boudin