Coney Island Beach (detail). Weegee (American, born Austria-Hungary, 1899–1968). Gelatin silver print, 8 1/8 x 10 in., 1940. Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987. © Weegee / International Center of Photography.
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Peak Summer

The days are long, the sun is bright, the living is easy: Artists love summertime, too

We’ve reached the height of the warmest months, when beach days, lake life, cookouts, ice cream, and camping trips let each of us indulge in the best of summer, just the way we want. Artists aren’t immune to the allure of the season either. We hope the following summer tips, presented via selections from The Met collection, help you maximize the rest of this magical period.

On the hottest days, seek out the sea to admire the waves

Surf, Isles of Shoals. Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935). Oil on canvas, 28 1/4 x 35 1/4 in., 1913. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon C. Sommers, 1996 (1996.382)

…or to dive in.

Summer. James Edmund Allen (American, 1894–1964). Lithograph, 12 1/4 x 14 1/4 in., 1939. Bequest of John O. Hamlin, 1976 (1976.653.36)

Enjoy cold treats in town…

[Roadside Ice Cream Cone Sign]. Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). Instant internal dye diffusion transfer print (Polaroid SX-70), 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in., 1973–74. Purchase, Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr. Bequest and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994 (1994.245.56)

…or hot s’mores by the campfire.

Camp Fire. Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910). Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 x 38 1/8 in., 1880. Gift of Josephine Pomeroy Hendrick, in the name of Henry Keney Pomeroy, 1927 (27.181)

Now is the moment to savor the calm of summer…

清 吳歷 墨井草堂消夏圖 卷 (Whiling Away the Summer). Wu Li (Chinese, 1632–1718).
Handscroll; ink on paper; image: 14 5/16 x 105 3/4 in.; dated 1679. Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Purchase, Douglas Dillon Gift, 1977 (1977.81)

…the colors of summer…

Olive Trees at Collioure. Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Oil on canvas, 17 1/2 x 21 3/4 in., summer 1906 (?). Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.194). © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

…and the sheer joy of summer.
We hope you enjoy the rest of the season!

Domestic Tourism I: Beach. Maha Maamoun (Egyptian, born 1972). Chromogenic print, 19 11/16 × 29 1/2 in., 2005. Art Jameel Fund, 2018 (2018.86)

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