Currently on View in K208
Twachtman spent his early career in Munich where he absorbed the dark tones and bravura brushwork of the influential painter and teacher Frank Duveneck. In order to capture the effects of outdoor light in his landscapes, Twachtman abandoned his dark palette in the 1890's. Using more brilliant hues and bold brushwork, he produced canvases remarkably similar to French Impressionism. The complex color harmonies and crusty, interwoven strokes of pigment in A Summer Day recall Monet's canvases. This peaceful scene of a figure on a small lake was painted on the artist's farm in Connecticut. Twachtman, who became a key figure in American Impressionism, continued to paint such reveries of light until his premature death at age 49.
Probably owned by the Estate of John Herron, Purchased from the Inaugural Exhibition by the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis Indiana, now the Museum of Art, in 1906.