“A Summer Morning” by Rupert Bunny is a romantic portrayal of two women at leisure, living the charmed and idyllic life of France’s comfortable life preceding the First World War. In this painting, Bunny has included a rose, a traditional symbol of love, as well as the white swans which are symbolic of grace and beauty.
This is a dream-like painting of an ideal view of life and art. The picture incorporates aspects of symbolism, aestheticism and allegorical subjects, which smoothly flow between representations of antiquity and a familiar modern landscape.
Rupert Bunny (1864 – 1947) was an Australian painter, who achieved success and critical acclaim as an expatriate in fin-de-siècle Paris. He gained an honourable mention at the Paris Salon of 1890 and a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900. The French state acquired 13 of his works for the Musée du Luxembourg and regional collections.
- Title: A Summer Morning
- Artist: Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny
- Dates: 1897
- Style: Impressionism
- Materials: Oil on Canvas
- Dimensions: Height: 97.9 mm (3.85 in). Width: 129.5 mm (5.1 in).
- Museum: Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Artist Essential Facts:
- Name: Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny
- Born: 1864 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Died: 25 May 1947 (aged 82) – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Major Paintings:
“Art is an illusion of spontaneity.” Japanese Proverb
Photo Credit: Rupert Bunny [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons