TITLE: “Seaside (July: Specimen of a Portrait)”
ARTIST: James Tissot
WHY WE CHOSE IT: July has quickly come and almost gone. Doesn’t it seem like we were just celebrating Independence Day? But plans are already being made for Labor Day weekend, back-to-school commercials have begun to play and fall fashions are starting to fill department stores…
This painting belongs to a series of allegories representing various months of the year. The sitter’s relaxed pose and the distant beach suggest a summer vacation by the sea. Bright sunlight is reflected off the sand and filtered through the awning into the room, where it rebounds from the woman’s ruffled dress onto her face. —From The Cleveland Museum of Art
SOURCE: The Cleveland Museum of Art
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