In this painting, we see the docks of the town of Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, in Lower Normandy. In the foreground, we see the mast of a sailboat which is otherwise hidden from our view. In the background, we see exposed rocks and a boat leaning on its side, waiting for the high tide to set it afloat. We see the houses of the town and green hills on the horizon. Seen from a distance, the touches of strong color like red and green dissolve into pastels, and the atmosphere of the painting seems calm and static.