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Summer's Day

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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This painting was almost certainly exhibited with the title The Lake in the Bois de Boulogne at the Fifth Impressionist exhibition in 1880 together with another picture by Berthe Morisot, In the Bois de Boulogne. The two paintings show the same two women (possibly professional models) who wear identical clothes in both pictures. Morisot lived near the Bois de Boulogne in the west of Paris. During the 1850s, Napoleon III and the landscape architect Adolphe Alphand had transformed the Bois from a formal park into a ‘natural’ woodland designed to appeal to the city’s inhabitants. As a scene of middle-class leisure set within domesticated nature, this picture is typical of imagery that has come to characterise Impressionism. But Morisot brings a boldness and vigour to her painting technique.

The National Gallery, London



Summer's Day


about 1879


Oil on canvas


H 45.7 x W 75.2 cm

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Acquisition method

Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917

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