Genre & Material
Where can I find this in Berlin?
A hot summer’s day in gleaming light. The painter is seated in the shade from the trees on a nearly white gravel path. His glance falls upon the sunlit house in front of him. We can only see a part of the two storey house. The facade is one of a French cottage with classical elements. The walls are decorated in a light yellow. The window shutters are in a very light blue. Some of the windows are open, letting in air, warmth or light. Others are closed by window shutters or curtains. The front door seems to be open, yet it’s hidden behind a tree that’s growing out of a roundabout. Under the tree are hostas and some red blossomed flowers. To the left we see a welcoming white bench. To the right, outlines of a low chair with perhaps a blanket or a cloak in it. One can almost see the difference between standing in the shade, as if the painter was standing or sitting in front of the house in the sun. Perhaps Manet escaped the mid-day heat from the sun to sit in the shade to paint this contrast between sun and shade.