Summer Never Looked Better At CMA
The scent of freshly mown grass. The simple joy of a slightly melting ice cream cone. The prickle of a sunburn on your neck. All of these things scream summer. Summer is the best season for a reason and the artists featured in this list celebrate just that. Whether it be a blissfully happy Grecian gorgon or a brightly lit photograph of a blue sky studded with clouds, these ten pieces will get you ready to put on your swimsuit, grab the sunscreen, and get outside.
What better way to end a summer day than sitting on a porch watching the summer sun set? The Hinds House Window, designed and produced by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating company depicts just that. The vivid greens, yellows, pinks and blues pull the eye in, giving a tempting glimpse of a porch that makes me want to sit down, relax and enjoy a day well spent. It is Tiffany’s use of abstract pieces of glass, similar to the look of a brushstroke and bright palette, that reminds the viewer of real life. The leading edge of the porch invites the eye to enjoy the view. So pull up a chair, let yourself get sucked in and enjoy the view.
1. Hinds House Window, c. 1900, maker Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. Stained glass, Unframed. h:227.30 w:114.30 cm (h:89 7/16 w:45 inches) Gift of Mrs. Robert M. Fallon 1966
See below for nine more of the best summer views CMA can offer and tell us which piece sums up your perfect summer day by Tweeting to us @ClevelandArt or posting a comment below.
2. The Sky Below, from My Dakota, 2005–11. Rebecca Norris Webb (American, born 1956). Type-C photographic print; 26 x 35 ½ in. Courtesy of the artist and Rapid City Arts Council / Dahl Arts Center.
Currently displayed in our My Dakota: Photographs by Rebecca Norris Webb exhibit on display in the Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery until August, 16, the bright blue sky and clouds remind me of a lazy summer day spent lounging in the backyard.
3. On the Beach, No.3, 1915, Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924). Oil on canvas, Framed- h:81.00 w:103.00 d:6.50 cm (h:31 7/8 w:40 ½ d:2 ½ inches) Unframed- h:66.00 w:85.10 cm (h:25 15/16w:331/2 inches). Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection
Prendergast’s work shows all the aspects of the perfect summer day: horseback riding, colorful fun clothing and sailing to create a “festive, warm holiday mood”.
4. Low Tide at Pourville, near Dieppe, 1882, 1882. Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). oil on fabric, Framed - h:65.40 w:106.68 d:10.50 cm (h:25 11/16 w:42 d:4 1/8 inches) Unframed - h:59.94 w:81.28 cm (h:23 9/16 w:32 inches). Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon 1947
Though not an image of our beloved Lake Erie, but rather off the Normandy Coast of France, it still brings to mind a fun day spent on the shore.
5. The Old Road to the Sea, c. 1893. William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916). Oil on canvas, Framed- h:134.30 w:159.70 d:10.79 cm (h:52 13/16 w:62 13/16 d:4 3/16 inches) Unframed- h: 101.50 w:127.00 cm (h:39 15/16 w: 50 inches) Former- h: 118.50 w:144.00 d:5.50 cm (h:46 5/8 w:56 11/16 d:2 1/8 inches) Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon
Painted by Chase on the dunes and beaches of Long Island, NY in the open-air, its warm colors make it glow like a true summer day by the sea.
6. Merging Emerging, 2010. Audra Skuodas (American, b. 1940). Acrylic on canvas, Overall- h:182.80 w:15.40 cm (h:71 15/16 w:60 inches). Dorothea Wright Hamilton Fund 2011
The geometric shapes and colors of this Skuodas abstract painting are like the pretty hues of the abundant summer blooms of neighborhood gardens.
7. Summer, 1891. Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (French, 1824-1898). Oil on fabric, Framed- h:189.54 w:270.51 d:14.60 cm (h:74 9/16 w:106 ½ d:5 11/16) Unframed- h:149.60 w:232.40 cm (h:58 7/8 w:91 7/16 inches). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916
Described by a writer at the time of its debut as “filled with joy, happiness, rest and the apotheosis of life”, Summer’s hazy, muted colors alongside the bright blue of the water make me want to go swimming on a hot mid-summer day.
8. Plaque: Gorgon, c. 525 BC- 475 BC. Greece, South Italy, 6th-5th Century BC. Terracotta, Overall- h:6.90 w:6.90 cm (h:2 11/16 w:2 11/16 inches). Gift of Robert Haber 1996
Even the Greeks knew the joys of summer and this gorgon head wears a face that I think everyone can recognize, the blissful face we all wear after enjoying an ice cream cone on a hot day.
9. Yosemite Valley, 1866. Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902). Oil on canvas on panel-back stretched, Framed- h:135.25 w:180.97 d:15.55 cm (h:53 3/16 w:71 3/16 d:6 1/16 inches) Unframed- h:97.00 w:142.30 cm (h:38 3/16 w:56 inches) Former- h:135.25 w:180.34 d:15.87 cm (h:53 3/16 w:71 d:6 3/16 inches). Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection
Bierstadt gives a glimpse of one of the best summer evening ocurrences: the peaceful return of a ray of sunlight after a violent midsummer deluge.
And last, but not least:
10.Twilight in the Wilderness, 1860. Frederic Edwin Church (American: 1826-1900). Oil on canvas, Framed- h:124.00 w:185.00 d:13.00 cm (h:48 13/16 w:72 13/16 d:5 1/16 inches) Unframed- h:101.60 w:162.60 cm (h:40 w:64 inches). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1965
Church’s brilliant use of color shows the beauty of the setting sun after a long day delighting in the joys of summer.
Reference: (MetMuseum.org: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History)
Tori Laser is a junior at John Carroll University studying art history with a focus on communications. She is interning this summer in the Communications and Marketing Department at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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