Pierre Puvis de Chavannes / L'été / 1891Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

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Creator Name: Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre Cécile
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1824 - 1898
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
Title: L'été
Title Type: Foreign
Title: Summer
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1891
Creation End Date: 1891
Creation Date: 1891
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 150cm x 232.4cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower left: "P. Puvis de Chavannes / 91"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1916.1056
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Context: Puvis de Chavannes was an independent artist who developed a poetic style of simplified, flattened forms that influenced Paul Gauguin, the Symbolists, and later, Pablo Picasso. This composition is a smaller version of a mural of the same subject, painted by Puvis for the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in Paris. The Paris mural has a companion painting titled Winter. In 1891 one writer described Puvis's depiction of summer as, "filled with joy, happiness, rest, and the apotheosis of life. . . . Women batheand rest by the bank of a river, everything has the voluptuousness of cool water, of warm and perfumed air caressing their nude bodies. . . . This is nature in all the splendor of its beauty, its well-being, its fecundity."
AMICA ID: CMA_.1916.1056
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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