Summer Scene (1869) by Frederic Bazille

Summer Scene - Frederic Bazille - 1869

Artwork Information

TitleSummer Scene
ArtistFrederic Bazille
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions62 1/4 x 62 1/2 in (158.1 x 158.9 cm)
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationFogg Museum (Harvard Art Museums), Cambridge, MA, US

About Summer Scene

The artwork entitled “Summer Scene” is a creation by the artist Frederic Bazille, completed in the year 1869. This oil on canvas adheres to the stylistic tenets of the Impressionist movement. The artwork presents itself with dimensions of 62 1/4 x 62 1/2 inches (158.1 x 158.9 cm) and can be classified as genre painting. The “Summer Scene” finds its residence at the Fogg Museum, which is part of the Harvard Art Museums located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a vibrant outdoor tableau that captures the leisure activities of a group of young men during a warm summer day. The scene unfolds in a lush, idyllic riverside setting where verdant trees and clear skies compose a serene background. In the foreground, two men are reclining by the water’s edge, one resting on his side while the other lies on his back. Adjacent to them stands a figure in contemplation, gazing down at the pond. To the right, we observe a scene of interaction where one man, partially submerged, reaches up to another standing on the bank, suggesting a moment of playful camaraderie.

Further into the scene, a pair of men engage in a mock fight, their movement evoking a sense of youthful vigor against the static nature of the surrounding landscape. The artist’s use of light and shadow, combined with a distinct color palette, captures the shimmer of sunlight on skin and foliage alike, imbuing the artwork with the transient qualities characteristic of Impressionist works. Overall, “Summer Scene” presents a snapshot of carefree existence and the simple pleasures of friendship and nature, rendered with an immediacy that invites the observer to dwell in the captured moment.

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