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From beach landscapes to flower gardens, from bikinis to summer kimonos—representations of the season can be found throughout the Met’s collections.
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Dish with frog and lotus leaves, 18th century. Qing dynasty (1644–1911). China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902(02.18.840) | This work is exhibited in the “Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings” exhibition, on view through October 9, 2017.

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Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). Boating, 1874. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.115)

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Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Sunflowers, 1887. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1949 (49.41) | Van Gogh painted four still lifes of sunflowers in Paris in late summer 1887.

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Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris). Dancer with a Fan, ca. 1880. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929(29.100.188)

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Edgar Degas | Dancer with a Fan | The Met

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Attributed to Qu Ding (Chinese, active ca. 1023–ca. 1056). Summer Mountains, ca. 1050. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.1) | This work is exhibited in the “Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection” exhibition, on view through October 11, 2016.

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Attributed to Qu Ding | Summer Mountains | China | Northern Song dynasty (960–1127) | The Met

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Lü Ji (Chinese, active late 15th century). Mandarin ducks and cotton rose hibiscus. Ming dynasty (1368–1644), China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of Oscar L. Tang Family, 2005 (2005.494.2) | This work is exhibited in the “Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection” exhibition, on view through October 11, 2016.

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Lü Ji | Mandarin ducks and cotton rose hibiscus | China | Ming dynasty (1368–1644) | The Met

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John Frederick Kensett (American, Cheshire, Connecticut 1816–1872 New York). Sunset on the Sea, 1872. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Thomas Kensett, 1874(74.3) | This work is exhibited in the “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible” exhibition, on view through September 4, 2016.

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John Frederick Kensett | Sunset on the Sea | The Met

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John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London). Two Girls with Parasols,1888. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950 (50.130.13) | This work is exhibited in the “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible” exhibition, on view through September 4, 2016.

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John Singer Sargent | Two Girls with Parasols | The Met

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Edward Penfield (American, Brooklyn, New York 1866–1925 Beacon, New York). Harper and Brothers, Publishers. Harper's: July, 1896. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Leonard A. Lauder Collection of American Posters, Gift of Leonard A. Lauder, 1984 (1984.1202.90)

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Edward Penfield | Harper's: July | The Met

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Camille Corot (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris). Fontainebleau: Group of Trees on the Flank of a Rocky Hillside, ca. 1845–50. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection (L.2014.35) | This work is exhibited in the “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible” exhibition, on view through September 4, 2016.

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Camille Corot | Fontainebleau: Group of Trees on the Flank of a Rocky Hillside | The Met

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