This painting is a knockout. Everyone who sees it, wants it — that's why we now have prints available! Riomaggiore's rugged coastlines can only be seen from the sea, which is our perspective here. Hulings had hundreds of photos of this town in every possible time of day, season and weather, and this dramatic, color-saturated version was the "ready made scene" that his practiced eye chose to paint.
Hulings' daughter Elizabeth recounts that Clark would go to almost any lengths to find the right material for a painting; he was working from the giant rock in the foreground when the tide started to come in: "I hired one of [the fisherman] to row out and rescue my father from his fantastic, dangerous vantage point in the Ligurian Sea. By the time we climbed back up and found my mother on her stoop she was famished and furious. 'How'd you get wet?' she demanded."