La Port pres de douanne a Rouen is one of many prints created by Pissarro in the early 1800’s. The prints were to be added into a booklet called Jour et la Nuit, which translates to “will have no text.” The prints done by Pissarro along with 5 other renowned painters; Degas, Cassat, Forain, Rouart and Bracquemond, all of which “were close to Impressionism to one extent or another” (Pissarro/Degas, 153) would be included in the booklet as well. The publication of these prints would have formally introduced the technique of impressionism to the public, however, Degas was unable to pull his works together in time and the book was never created. Pissarro, along with other early impressionist painters would have to figure out another way to capture the attention of art lovers and “tale the movement in new directions” (Pissarro/Degas, 153). In this particular print, Pissarro illustrates a technique of short pencil etching, which later would flows into the impressionist style; short brush strokes applied to canvas. The print captures the candid moment of daily life at the port.