wall label: In this tranquil harbor scene Seurat, the pioneer of Neo-Impressionism, combines the talents of the theoretician and the poet. Methodically applying laws of color, he chose pigments that transcribe the purity of coastal air and light. Carefully orchestrating the vertical and horizontal elements, he constructed a deftly balanced composition that is remarkably faithful to the actual appearance of the port.
The frame is a reproduction of the one Seurat designed. Its ultramarine blue enhances the scene's luminosity, while the flecks of color repeat the hues of the canvas's dotted border.