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Summer

From beach landscapes to flower gardens, from bikinis to summer kimonos—representations of the season can be found throughout the Met’s collections.

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Cabin of the Customs Watch, 1882. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Julia B. Engel, 1984 (1984.341) | Of the fourteen versions of this motif painted at Pourville in 1882, this painting is among the most interesting in terms of color refinement and execution.

Garry Winogrand (American, 1928–1984). Los Angeles, California, 1969. Gelatin silver print. Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. All rights reserved.| This photograph is featured in "Garry Winogrand," on view through September 21, 2014.

Garry Winogrand | Los Angeles | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges). A Road in Louveciennes, ca. 1870. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973 (1974.356.32) | This picture, which is in effect drawn directly with paint, was almost certainly executed out-of-doors about 1870. The site is in the village of Louveciennes, west of Paris, where Renoir's parents had a summer home.

John Frederick Kensett (American,1816–1872). Hudson River Scene, 1857. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of H. D. Babcock, in memory of his father, S. D. Babcock, 1907 (07.162) | As he often did in the many paintings of popular American resorts that he produced throughout his career, Kensett included in the foreground the diminutive figures of genteel tourists, perhaps enjoying a picnic on the slope of this overlook above the West Point parade grounds.

Serendipity 3 (American, opened 1954). Bikini, 1974. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Stephen Bruce, 1983 (2009.300.8059a, b)

Garry Winogrand (American, 1928–1984). New York World’s Fair, 1964. Gelatin silver print. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Dr. L.F. Peede, Jr. © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. All rights reserved.| This photograph is featured in "Garry Winogrand," on view through September 21, 2014.

Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825). “The Geisha To’e as a Vendor of Poems,” from the series Gion Festival Costume Parade (Gion mikoshi arai nerimono sugata), ca. 1795. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1922 (JP1390)

Lithographed by Julius Bien (American (born Germany), 1826–1909), Central Park (Summer), 1865. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1947 (47.53.9)

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830–1903). Bather in the Woods, 1895. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.126) | Pissarro’s approach reflects the continuing influence of divisionist technique, but more naturalistic tendencies emerge in his attempts to capture the delicate fall of light over the grassy bank and the woman's back.

Paul Smith (British, born 1946). Bathing suit, 1992. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Brooks Adams & Lisa Liebmann, 1995 (1995.151.18)

Garry Winogrand (American, 1928–1984). New York Aquarium, Coney Island, New York, 1967. Gelatin silver print. The Garry Winogrand Archive, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona. © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. All rights reserved. | This photograph is featured in "Garry Winogrand," on view through September 21, 2014.

Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910). Boys in a Dory, 1873. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Molly Flagg Knudtsen, 2001 (2001.608.1) | This watercolor demonstrates Homer's ability to capture the scintillating effects of dazzling sunlight, rippling water, and luminous atmosphere in boat-filled Gloucester Harbor.

Winslow Homer | Boys in a Dory | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). Fishing, ca. 1862–63. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Bernhard Gift, 1957 (57.10) | Patterned after elements in landscapes by Peter Paul Rubens, the present painting gives currency to Delacroix's recommendation to Manet: "Look at Rubens, draw inspiration from Rubens, copy Rubens. Rubens was God."

Édouard Manet | Fishing | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Jerome B. Thompson (1814–1886). The Belated Party on Mansfield Mountain, 1858. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1969 (69.182) | Atop Mount Mansfield in Vermont's Green Mountains, a group of young men and women are resting after a day of hiking and picnicking and are enjoying the view of the vast Champlain Valley. They are enraptured by the moment, the beauties of nature, and the possibilities of courtship at dusk.

Garry Winogrand (American, 1928–1984). Coney Island, New York, c. 1952. Gelatin silver print. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase and gift of Barbara Schwartz in memory of Eugene M. Schwartz. © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. All rights reserved.| This photograph is featured in "Garry Winogrand," on view through September 21, 2014.

Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973). Hat, summer 1940. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1951 (2009.300.1837) | Red, white and blue are colors often used in nautical flags, and Schiaparelli has playfully interpreted those colors in this sailor-inspired doll hat from her summer 1940 collection.

Elsa Schiaparelli | Hat | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Eugène Boudin (French, 1824–1898). On the Beach, Sunset, 1865. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (2003.20.2) | Boudin's masterful and convincing representation of light effects, such as the sunset in this picture of 1865, profoundly influenced the young Claude Monet. The two artists worked together on the Normandy coast the previous summer.