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Oil on panel
Framed: 99.7 x 79.4 x 6.4 cm (39 1/4 x 31 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 80.7 x 60 cm (31 3/4 x 23 5/8 in.)
Silver Jubilee Treasure Fund 1945.46.a
Sommer submitted this painting to an exhibition showcasing newly created art, despite making it decades earlier.
In 1914, Sommer moved to Brandywine—located halfway between Cleveland and Akron—where he converted an abandoned schoolhouse into a studio that became an important meeting place for modern artists, poets, and musicians. This rural community provided inspirational subject matter for much of his subsequent work, including The Pool, which also reveals his stylistic debt to French avant-garde art. Seeking freedom from convention by immersing himself in nature, Sommer explained, “I believe art should be as spontaneous as the song of a bird.”
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