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Frank W. Benson
Summer
1890
oil
50 1/8 x 40 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



Artists have often used allegories of the seasons to suggest a stable present and a reliable future in times of dramatic social and economic change, as was the period of the Gilded Age. Benson's wife Ellen Perry Pierson was the model for this elegant depiction of summer, which was painted at the small art colony of Dublin, New Hampshire.