Sunday at Port-en-Bessin (1888) by Georges Seurat

Sunday at Port-en-Bessin - Georges Seurat - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleSunday at Port-en-Bessin
ArtistGeorges Seurat
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions26 x 32 1/2 in.
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationKröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
Location Created France

About Sunday at Port-en-Bessin

“Sunday at Port-en-Bessin” is a distinguished work by Georges Seurat, dating back to 1888. Created with oil on canvas, this artwork measures 26 by 32 1/2 inches and belongs to the Neo-Impressionist movement. It depicts a cityscape and currently resides within the esteemed Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands. The artwork was brought to life in France, reflecting the artist’s engagement with the coastal environment and his signature technique.

The artwork presents a serene view of a harbor scene set in Port-en-Bessin, with the tranquil waters of the port in the foreground and moored sailing vessels adding a sense of peaceful rhythm to the composition. Georges Seurat’s masterful use of color and light is evident through the myriad of small, meticulously applied brushstrokes, which collectively form the signature pointillist style associated with Neo-Impressionism. The skies appear to be overcast, suggesting a soft, diffused light that casts subtle shadows and reinforces the calm atmosphere of a Sunday. Flags whip in the breeze, infusing the scene with a gentle sense of movement amidst the stillness.

The architecture and distant structures are simplified, yet distinctive, allowing viewers to focus on the overall effect of the artistry rather than intricate details. This harmonious blend of form and color exemplifies Seurat’s interest in optical and chromatic innovation, providing a tranquil representation of a typical day by the sea in a small French port.

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