This landscape was painted at Pont-Aven, a fishing village on the south coast of Brittany which attracted many painters. O'Conor, who was born in Ireland, went to France in 1883 and spent short periods at Pont-Aven where he met Gauguin. In the early 1890s O'Conor was greatly influenced by Van Gogh, who had died in 1890. The predominance of yellow, and the impastoed texture of this painting, particularly recall the work of the Dutch painter. A distinctive characteristic of O'Conor's work was the use of stripes of contrasting colours to create the sensation of strong light.