If you have a moment, let us take a stroll through the world of painting and experience summer as the artists of the 19th century saw it, from Edouard Manet to Edward Charles Williams.
The following paintings all evoke summer in one way or other, even if summer was not necessarily their chief subject.
Some of them remind us that summer was not a season of ease for everyone. Others will make us wonder whether those hatted and parasoled women were not a little warm under their very proper dresses.
Step by step, picture by picture, let us begin.
(Click on an image to enlarge it.)
Do you have a favorite? Why?
Girl in the Garden at Bellevue
Oil on canvas, 92 x 70 cm SARGENT, John Singer
A Morning Walk
Oil on canvas, 67 x 50 cm
Private collection MONET, Claude
Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies
Oil on canvas, 93 x 74 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York RICO Y ORTEGA, Martín
Rio Maria, Venice
Oil on panel, 35 x 23 cm
Private collection Vincent van Gogh
Wheat Field with a Lark
Summer 1887, Paris
Oil on canvas, 54 x 65 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam FRIEDRICH, Caspar David
Oil on canvas, 71 x 104 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich MILLET, Jean-François
Buckwheat Harvest: Summer
Oil on canvas, 85 x 111 cm BOUDIN, Eugène
Summer at Trouville
Oil on canvas, 49 x 73 cm
Musée Malraux, Le Havre FEARNLEY, Thomas
Fishermen at Sorrento
Oil on paper, laid on canvas, 27 x 39 cm
Private collection KRØYER, Peter Severin
Oil on canvas, 33 x 41 cm
Den Hirschsprungske Samling, Copenhagen ANCHER, Anna Kirstine
Sunlight in the Blue Room. Helga Ancher Knitting in her Grandmother’s Room
Oil on canvas, 65 x 59 cm
Skagens Museum, Skagen WILLIAMS, Edward Charles
A Summer Evening at Sonning
Oil on canvas, 102 x 155 cm
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One thought on “Summer in 19th Century Painting”
Definitely a lot of great art, but the one by Monet has always been my favorite.