The Jetty of Honfleur, 1865
Johan Barthold Jongkind (1819-1891)
Jongkind used heavily thinned oil paint in his pictures, a technique which makes this view at Honfleur resemble a watercolour. The work is characterised by a fresh, rarefied atmosphere well in keeping with the scene – an expanse of sky and water, against which the quay and a large sailing ship are silhouetted. Although Jongkind was Dutch by birth, he is generally classified as an early French Impressionist. From 1860, together with the young Claude Monet, he lived and worked for a considerable period on the west coast of France, in the neighbourhood of Le Havre.
Monet was not the only artist who learned a great deal from Jongkind: Vincent van Gogh was also influenced by his work.