June 20 is the Summer Solstice, and what better time to indulge in fresh air and open spaces? Here in New York City, surrounded on three sides by Central Park, The Met makes it easy to go from art-filled galleries to a verdant, flower-filled oasis. Today as we usher in summer, Central Park is abloom with hydrangeas and roses, poppies and ferns, and so much more. The pull of the outdoors is irresistible, drawing people to the park to picnic, bicycle, stroll, sit in an outdoor café, play sports, or sail toy boats.
Artists have been long been captivated by summer’s charms. Childe Hassam’s Celia Thaxter’s Garden, Isles of Shoals, Maine (above) conjures the pleasure of a blooming coastal garden. In a similar mode, Claude Monet’s Garden at Sainte-Adresse perfectly captures the allure of a sun-dappled day by the sea. Monet spent the summer of 1867 with his family at this seaside resort near Le Havre, and it was there that he painted this bright, charming scene of summer leisure, using his father (shown seated in a panama hat) and other relatives as his subjects.
This beloved painting in The Met collection is available as a cheery poster, so you can enjoy the spirit of summer all year long. In other adaptions of the Impressionist master’s work, our exclusive Monet Sunflowers Top features the sunny charms of a brimming bouquet, while his beloved water lilies grace our ethereal cover-up, just right for a garden party or to throw over some jeans. Indeed, many of our unique apparel designs are perfect for warm weather.
New Yorkers often get outdoors while walking their dogs. You can lend your own pet some city flair with our Met logo-bedecked collars and leashes. Produced expressly for The Met Store, these handsome and well-made pet accessories are from Found My Animal, a Brooklyn-based workshop that supports animal adoption.
And speaking of our logo, pets aren’t the only bearers of Museum pride. Our distinctive caps and water bottles are perfect for a sunny day: the cotton cap’s brim keeps the sun at bay, while our high-quality containers from Klean Kanteen® maintain cool water temperatures for hours.