The work depicts the Le Havre harbor scene at sunrise. The sun, faint boat masts, rowboats, and the reflective water are all depicted. The vertical lines making up the masts give a vibe of strength (they must be strong to survive the seas). Texture is used to show movement in the water; the ripples and small continuous waves are shown. Color and shape are used to create emphasis on the rising sun. The feeling given off by this painting is similar to what one would feel if they were actually there. The cool colors make it feel like its a brisk morning, fresh and awakening, a little chilly. This work was created in 1872, following the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. The regeneration of France was exemplified in the thriving port of Le Havre. The contrast of elements like the steamboats and cranes in the background to the fishermen in the foreground represent these political implications. The representation of Le Havre as a center of industry and commerce may celebrate the renewed strength and beauty of the country. If I had the money I would buy this painting. The cool color scheme with the emphasis on the red sun gives an invigorating feeling.