Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (French, 1824-1898)
oil on fabric, Framed: 189.5 x 270.5 x 14.6 cm (74 9/16 x 106 7/16 x 5 11/16 in.); Unframed: 149.6 x 232.4 cm (58 7/8 x 91 7/16 in.). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1056
This painting is a smaller version of a mural on the same subject painted for the HĂ´tel de Ville in Paris, which has a companion mural titled Winter. A writer at the time described Summer as "filled with joy, happiness, rest, and the apotheosis of life." Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, and Pablo Picasso were among the many modernists influenced by Puvis de Chavannesâ€™s dreamlike themes and anti-naturalistic style of simplified, flattened forms.
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