In 1846 Jongkind, encouraged by his teacher Schelfhout, left for Paris to complete his training at the studio of Eugène Isabey. His landscapes and river and city views, painted in a loose touch and with bright colors, had a major influence on young artists in Paris, making Jongkind the pioneer of French Impressionism. A specialty were his moonlight paintings, a genre that was hardly known in France and that was highly appreciated by collectors. Jongkind found inspiration for these nightscapes mainly in the water-rich Netherlands. He painted night-time cityscapes less often. In 1855 Jongkind traveled from Paris to the Netherlands. After some wanderings he ended up in Rotterdam, where he would live for five years. He took up residence in the east of the city, at the Rijkswerf, today's Admiralty quay, close to the boats and water, which attracted him greatly. In 1866 and in the following three years he returned to Rotterdam repeatedly, resulting in many sketches, drawings and watercolours.