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Pissarro's last landscapes were of the harbour at Le Havre, where he stayed for three months in a first floor room of a hotel, painting from the balcony. The balcony commanded a fine view of the harbour in three main directions: towards the jetty, towards the pilot's jetty, and in the direction of the outer port. Thus he could work on three pictures, or three series of pictures, recording the changing aspects of these motifs at different times of day and in different weather. The title shows Pissarro's insistence on linking the 'truthfulness' of his scenes to the particular weather conditions of the time of painting.

September 2004