summer gallery


The Library of Nicholas II, tucked away in a corner of the Winter Palace which is now the home of the Государственный Эрмитаж.

This is my favourite room at the Hermitage – there are so many (many) opulent and beautiful rooms here, but this one is one of the smallest and quietest and, in a way, the most thoughtful and carefully crafted in its atmosphere.

Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870)
“Scène d'été” or “Summer Scene” (1869)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Bazille achieved the look he wanted for the painting by first drawing the human figures in his Paris studio and then transferring the drawings to the outdoor setting.