Georges Seurat, one of the most prominent post-impressionist artists of the 19th century, worked on several harbor views simultaneously during his stay in Honfleur in the summer of 1886. A Corner of the Harbor of Honfleur is a painting that reflects Seurat’s technique in pointillism and neo-impressionism.
The painting remains unfinished due to a black ship sailing out of the harbor after eight days. Nevertheless, it provides excellent insights into Seurat’s creative process and his approach to color theory. In this painting, he depicts boats lying side by side in shallow water with an almost childlike simplicity that belies their somewhat complex composition.
Seurat was particularly inspired by marine landscapes and often spent his summers painting seaside scenes along the Normandy coast while producing larger figure compositions during winter months. Beyond A Corner of the Harbor of Honfleur, some other remarkable pieces he created while in Honfleur include The Lighthouse at Honfleur and The Maria, Honfleur.