From the 1870s onward, Boudin traveled to various locations along France’s Atlantic shoreline in search of seascapes. Several of these trips were to the port city of Bordeaux, which is featured in the present work. In the bottom right part, wine casks can be seen being carried onto lighters. A large portion of the canvas in Boudin’s seascapes is taken up with sky, which he represented as light interwoven with moist air. For this, Corot called him the “king of skies”.