Summer's Day

This is probably the painting that Morisot exhibited under the title 'The Lake in the Bois de Boulogne' in the fifth Impressionist exhibition, held in 1880. Intentionally sketchy in execution, it depicts two fashionable young women in a boat floating placidly on a lake. The sense of a visual impression that has been quickly captured on canvas is reinforced by the tiny detail of a horse-drawn carriage moving swiftly along the far shore.

The women, probably professional models, also appear in other works by Morisot.

Key facts

Artist dates
1841 - 1895
Full title
Summer's Day
Date made
about 1879
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
45.7 x 75.2 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Sir Hugh Lane Bequest,1917
Inventory number
Location in Gallery