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EXHIBITIONS / Great little masterclass: The history of the petits maitres of French painting has long been overlooked in this country. But three exhibitions in London offer a chance to catch up

THERE'S a lot of French painting in London at the moment, and much pleasure to be found in it. I suppose that pride of place must be given to the pictures from the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Lille, now lent to the National Gallery, which I wrote about last month. But this was rather a severe selection, full of civic and republican virtues. Now, in welcome contrast, we see the relaxed and hedonistic side of French art, in the form of Boudin at the Courtauld Institute Galleries, Braque's prints at the Tate and a lovely mixed show of paintings and drawings at JPL Fine Art in Davies Street.

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Life's a beach: Boudin was, well, a bit on the dull side, but his paintings were wild and beautiful. Dalya Alberge on the not-very-interesting life and brilliant work of a man possessed

He didn't have the manic depression of Van Gogh, the thuggish tendencies of Caravaggio or the murderous madness of Richard Dadd. Not only was Eugene Boudin (1824-1898) free of the tortured or violent passions that we expect in our great masters, but nothing remotely memorable ever really happened to him.

Appeals: Witt library, Courtauld Institute

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ART / The appliance of science: Dalya Alberge dons her lab coat and explores a technological approach to the dating game

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