oil on canvas, 76.7 x 102 cm. - Paris, Musée d' Orsay
Winslow Homer is arguably the most important painter of the 19th-century American Art, an original and innovating artist with a special talent for seascapes, such as "The Gulf Stream" (1899, Metropolitan Museum of Art), "Breezing Up (A Fair Wind)" (1873–76, National Gallery of Art, Washington)
"Summer Night" is one of Homer's most recognizable works. A sensational nocturnal scene, the painting captures the charm and magic of a summer night. While the spontaneity of the brushstroke is almost impressionist, this work can be considered one of the first masterpieces of American Painting, paving the way for later painters like George Bellows or Edward Hopper.
Text: G. Fernández, www.theartwolf.com