Jean Frederic Bazille

Jean Frederic Bazille, “Scène d’Été (Summer Scene)”, 1869, Oil on Canvas, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Jean Frederic Bazille’s “Scène d’Été”, completed in the summer of 1869 one year before his death, was one of the painted that gained acceptance in the 1870 Salon in Paris. The impressionist painting epicts young men dressed in swimsuits having a leisurely day along the banks of Lez river near Montpellier. Bazille achieved the look for the painting by first drawing the human figures in his Paris studio and then transporting the drawings to the outdoor setting. Like his earlier 1850 “Réunion de Famille”, his painting captured friends and family members in the outdoors

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