Summer's Day

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Summer's Day
Berthe Morisot - Sommertag - 1879.jpeg
ArtistBerthe Morisot
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions45.7 cm × 75.2 cm (18.0 in × 29.6 in)
LocationHugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Summer's Day (or Jour d'eté) is a painting by the French Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot.

The painting depicts two women seated in a row boat, and was painted in the Bois de Boulogne.[1] Ownership of the painting, part of the disputed Hugh Lane bequest, has been shared since 1959 between the National Gallery and the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.[2] The ownership dispute between the National Gallery and the Dublin gallery was due to be resolved in 2019.

In 1956 the painting was stolen from the Tate Gallery in London by two Irish students while it was on display there in order to highlight Ireland's claim to the Hugh Lane Bequest. It was later recovered after being left anonymously at the Irish Embassy.[3].

Painting technique[edit]

Morisot employed a rather unusual palette in this painting.[4] She painted the dark blue coat of the woman on the right with cerulean blue which was rarely used by the Impressionists. The green foliage is painted in a mixture of emerald green, viridian, lead white and cadmium yellow. Cadmium yellow was not yet widely used at this time.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Spence, Rachel (1 May 2012). "Berthe Morisot, Musée Marmottan-Monet, Paris". Financial Times. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Morisot, Berthe (1841 - 1895)". The Dublin Gallery. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  3. ^ Moroney, Mic (Summer 2008). "Impressions from Hugh Lane". Irish Arts Review. 25 (2).
  4. ^ Bomford D, Kirby J, Leighton, J., Roy A. Art in the Making: Impressionism. National Gallery Publications, London, 1990, pp. 176-181.
  5. ^ Illustrated pigment analysis of B. Morisot , 'A Summer Day', at ColourLex