Port-en-Bessin: Entrance to the Harbour is a painting by Georges Seurat completed in 1888. It is a wonderful example of Seurat’s mastery of pointillism, a technique he used to create the painting. The painting portrays the entrance of the Normandy port of Port-en-Bessin, and captures details such as a sailboat in the foreground and flagpoles in the distance.
Seurat painted Port-en-Bessin: Entrance to the Harbour as part of a series of six paintings he created of the port and surrounding countryside. He developed the technique of “divisionism” with painter Paul Signac which involved the use of small dots or strokes of color to create a sense of luminosity and vibrancy in the painting.
Considered a masterpiece of Post-Impressionism, the painting is now housed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It is a notable art piece that exemplifies Seurat’s style and technique. For art enthusiasts, the painting is an absolute wonder to behold and a fascinating insight into Seurat’s vision of the French coastlines during the late 19th century.