'Summer time' magnificently demonstrates Rupert Bunny’s skill as a draughtsman and his masterful handling of large-scale composition. Exhibited at the New Salon in 1907, the painting epitomises the leisured spirit of the ‘Belle Époque’, elegantly capturing seven voluptuous women lounging inside a bathhouse, sipping iced tea and inhaling the intoxicating scent of freshly plucked roses. Bunny modelled each of the figures on his wife Jeanne Morel, who sat for numerous paintings from this period.
Curator insights - Australian galleries Summer time
A summer morning
A summer's morning
oil on canvas
250.0 x 300.5 cm stretcher; 301.2 x 352.0 x 11.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, yellow ochre oil "Rupert C.W. Bunny.". Not dated.
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
150 years of Australian art (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jan 1938–25 Apr 1938
A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003
Referenced in 18 publications
Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian Review, 'What lies beneath? Rupert Bunny comes in for close scrutiny in a new survey exhibition', pg. 14-15, Canberra, 12 Dec 2009-13 Dec 2009, 14.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2000, Sydney, 2000, front cover (colour illus.).
Annabel Baxter, Look, 'Guiding the children', pg. 10-11, Sydney, Feb 2004, 11 (colour illus.).
Mary Eagle, The Art of Rupert Bunny, Parkes, 1991, 58, 59 (illus.).
Deborah Edwards, Rupert Bunny: artist in Paris, 'From fin de siécle to belle époque', pg. 31- 101., Sydney, 2009, 4 (colour illus., detail), 9, 70, 78, 81,82, 83 (colour illus., detail), 84 (colour illus.), 204 (colour illus.). cat.no. 21
Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Beauties of the Belle Epoque in Australia', pg. 16-18, Sydney, May 2011, 16 (colour illus.), 17, 18.
Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Rupert Bunny: An exotic in the history of Australian art', pg. 28-32, Sydney, Nov 2009, 32.
Anne Gérard, Look, 'Oz arts: our painters in the Parsi Salons', pg. 37-39, Sydney, Dec 2006-Jan 2007, 39.
Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. cat.no. 16; titled 'Summer' [Gallery No. 1]; not paginated
Barry Pearce, Look, 'A question of balance: How it is bringing changes to the old courts and beyond', pg. 28-29, Sydney, Sep 2009, 29. titled 'Summertime'
Barry Pearce, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Introduction: Convergent Spirits', pg. 10-19, Sydney, 2002, 15, 22, 23 (colour illus.), 26, 142, 147.
Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 20.
Mark Pennings, Brought to Light: Australian Art 1850–1965 from the Queensland Art Gallery collection, 'Art for the Bourgeois Dreamers of Paris. Rupert Bunny Bathers', pg. 98-101, Brisbane, 1998, 98, 100, 101 (illus.).
Dr Barbara Penson, Look, 'On being a Gallery member: Share the knowledge and the fun', pg. 12-13, Sydney, Nov 2008, 13.
Ursula Prunster, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Home and abroad', pg. 73-74, Sydney, 2000, 74, 88 (colour illus.), 89 (colour illus., detail), 300.
Michael Tasker, Look, 'Anatomy of an exhibition', pg. 28-31, Sydney, Jun 2011, 29 (colour illus., detail). Photograph has Senior Conservator Simon Ives cleaning the painting.
David Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Rupert Bunny', pg. 550-575, Sydney, Oct 1970, 553-554, 559 (illus).
David Thomas, Rupert Bunny, East Melbourne, 1970, 54-62, 54 (illus.), 115. illus. no. 14