Scène d'été

Scène d'été
Artist Frédéric Bazille
Year 1869
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 158 cm × 158 cm (62 in × 62 in)
Location Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Scène d'été, or Summer Scene, is an oil on canvas painting by Frédéric Bazille, completed in 1869, a year before his death in 1870. The impressionist painting depicts young men dressed in swimsuits having a leisurely day along the banks of Lez river near Montpellier. Bazille achieved the look he wanted 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 painting Réunion de famille (1850), Scène d'été captured friends and family members in the outdoors and was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1870.[1]

It may have been an inspiration for Thomas Eakins' The Swimming Hole (1885), as Eakins was in Paris in 1870 and could have seen Bazille's painting.[2]

It is currently housed in the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  2. Glueck, Grace (September 3, 2004). "European Influences On Americans' Views". The New York Times. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
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