Port-en-Bessin Entrance to the Harbor (1888) by Georges Seurat

Port-en-Bessin Entrance to the Harbor - Georges Seurat - 1888

Artwork Information

TitlePort-en-Bessin Entrance to the Harbor
ArtistGeorges Seurat
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions55 x 65 cm
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US
Location Created France

About Port-en-Bessin Entrance to the Harbor

The artwork “Port-en-Bessin, Entrance to the Harbor” is a marina piece created by Georges Seurat in 1888. Executed in oil on canvas, it exemplifies the Neo-Impressionism art movement and measures 55 x 65 cm. This piece was painted in France and is currently housed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY, United States.

This artwork by Seurat showcases a tranquil maritime scene with a finely dotted technique characteristic of Pointillism, which is intimately associated with Neo-Impressionism. Through a meticulous application of color, Seurat captures the calmness of the sea and the placidity of the maritime ambience. Sailing vessels of various sizes dot the aqueous expanse, which is rendered in harmonious blues and greens interspersed with touches of white, reflecting the play of light off the water’s surface. The foreground is a gentle slope leading to the water, populated with shrubs and grass, and the style allows for a vibrant yet serene representation of the coastal landscape. This serene seascape, with its specks of complementary colors, invites viewers to contemplate the subtle interplay of light and form, and the overall effect is one of serene balance and luminous tranquility.

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