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Cassatt, Mary (1844-1926)

Summertime

c. 1894

Oil on canvas

100.7 x 81.3 cm

The lady is not really looking at the duck, nor is the duck looking at the people, nor does the girl look at the mother. One stares in the water. The summer means heat and escape into the water, to grow unconscious with the love and refreshing of nature. Where is the cultural conflict? There is none. There is only love for summertime that matters here. Go for the waters of the unconscious, that is where all the colors of our natural emotion are. Who wants all the preaching, believing, arguing and conflict? The artist gives a sermon for the sake of natural love and contemplation. It is just warm and we long for the refreshing waters of natural dreaming. If we only would cherish this time of summer for ever in our hearts and cool ourselves with the love of natural times and their basic elements. If only...
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