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The American artist Winslow Homer painted his masterpiece entitled A Summer Night in 1890. The artwork was acquired by the French State in 1900 to be exhibited in a museum of modern art and is now held in the Musée d’Orsay, in Paris. A Summer Night is regarded as one of the most extraordinary nocturnal scenes in the history of American painting, and the French State found it to be an outstanding representation of what they considered modern art. Homer completed this work while living on the coast of Maine, where he moved to in 1883. It is said this painting was inspired by Gustav Courbet’s artwork entitled Wave.
The artist experienced a significant change in his artistic career, as he began working with commercial illustration. Homer became a graphic reporter of the American Civil war, meaning he documented what he saw in paintings and drawings. After depicting the harsh life of the military men of America, the artist traveled immensely to tropical locations, like the Bahamas, Cuba, and Florida, to portray the nature and population of the areas. After visiting Paris, Homer captured many different influences, creating his unique style which is a blend of Realism and Symbolism. The Impressionists also brought a sense of what modern painting was about, and Homer used a similar color palette to the artists of this movement for a period.
A Summer Night depicts two women in the forefront dancing under the moonlight. Although it is not seen in the painting, the moon shines a bright light over the ocean and illuminates the leading figures - who are enjoying their dance together. The two women wear long, simple dresses which flow with their movement, and they stand on what looks like a pier painted in dark shades of brown. Behind the central figures, a group of people sits together on the right side of the canvas, looking out into the ocean. They sit on what is possibly a large rock which creates a diagonal angle on the composition, and since they all stand against the light, the figures are very dark, creating a mysterious atmosphere in the artwork. The background shows the ocean with expressive brushstrokes of blue and white highlights. There are more shaded areas of almost black pigments, and the far background was painted in softer strokes. The sky was painted in navy blue and is all the same shade.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of A Summer Night, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of A Summer Night that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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