Art Of The Day
Untitled Art of the Day Post
Though August is upon us, summer is still present.
To be reminded of the long evening hours of the season, take a look at this languorous scene. Produced by James Tissot in 1881, this etching depicts a woman lounging in a cushioned wicker chair. She gazes contentedly into the soft evening, right arm flung behind her head and left delicately dangled across the armrest closest to the viewer. Despite the lingering heat of the day, the model is gowned in frothy fabrics to the tips of her fingers. Rumored to be Tissot's mistress Kathleen Newton, the woman here is presented with an exquisite intimacy and ease. Behind her, a pool crowned with lily pads and framed by fronds references the waterscapes of Tissot's Impressionist peers. The hazy, atmospheric rendering of deep shadows and starched whites reveals Tissot's interest in capturing the feeling of fading light.
Who do you wish to spend a long summer evening with?
Robert Hobbs. "The University of Iowa Museum of Art: 101 Masterworks." (Iowa City: University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1986) 168.
Nancy Rose Marshall and Malcolm Warner. James Tissot: Victorian Life / Modern Love. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999).
Soirée d'été (Summer Evening), 1881
Etching and drypoint on paper, 15 1/4 x 22 1/8 in. (38.74 x 56.2 cm)
Museum purchase, 1977.55