Is artistic talent genetic and can it be inherited? One is tempted to consider the possibility in the case of Herminie Henriette Gudin, daughter of the 19th-century French marine painter, Theodore Gudin. The expression “a chip off the old block” may well come to mind when one views Ms. Gudin’s seascapes. However, this would not do justice to her individual gift as an artist.

Says the International Maritime Museum Hamburg abouut Ms. Gudin:

She was the daughter of the famous painter Théodore Gudin (1802-1880), and quickly enjoyed great success thanks to her special talent. Although she was known as “Gudin La Fille“ during her lifetime, her participation in the Paris Salons in 1848, 1849, 1850, and 1853 proves that she was widely accepted among contemporary critics. Her works are characterized by finely nuanced light accents and their atmospheric effect.

Read more: Henriette Hermine Gudin, marine painter

There is very little information about the personal life of Herminie Henriette Gudin. It would be interesting to find out how she got into painting and to what extent she was influenced by the elder Gudin. In any case, here are sample paintings by father and daughter for everyone to enjoy:

The daughter’s art

Bringing in the catch (no date)
Herminie Henriette Gudin (French, 1825–1876)
Courtesy of Christie’s
Shared by Marine Café Blog under the Fair Use principle

Beach scene with shrimp fishermen by moonlight (by 1876)
Herminie Henriette Gudin (French, 1825-1876)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A shipwreck (no date)
Herminie Henriette Gudin (French, 1825-1876)
Courtesy of Bukowskis auction house

The father’s art

View of a Rocky Coast by Moonlight (between 1830 and 1880)
Théodore Gudin (French, 1802–1880)
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Battle of Lagos, June 27, 1693 (before 1880)
Théodore Gudin (French, 1802–1880)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Seascape during a Storm Seen from the Ship “Le Véloce” (1839)
Théodore Gudin (French, 1802–1880)
Courtesy of Fondation Custodia via Wikimedia Commons

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