Seaside (July: Specimen of a Portrait)

James Tissot (1836-1902)


Oil on fabric

Framed: 112.1 x 85.4 x 6.4 cm (44 1/8 x 33 5/8 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 87.5 x 61 cm (34 7/16 x 24 in.)

Collection: Cleveland Museum of Art

Bequest of Noah L. Butkin 1980.288

According to the information accompanying the image, "[t]his painting belongs to a series of allegories representing various months of the year. The sitter’s relaxed pose and the distant beach suggest a summer vacation by the sea. Bright sunlight is reflected off the sand and filtered through the awning into the room, where it rebounds from the woman’s ruffled dress onto her face."

Image made available by the museum on the Creative Commons licence. Formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. [Click on image to enlarge it.]