The Island of La Grande Jatte in Summer

Stanislas Lépineca. 1877 - 1882

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Dixon Gallery and Gardens


  • Title: The Island of La Grande Jatte in Summer
  • Creator: Stanislas Victor-Édouard Lepine
  • Date: ca. 1877 - 1882
  • Location: La Grande Jatte, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 18 1/4 x 22 1/4 inches
  • Description: French landscapist Stanislas Lépine was born in the medieval city of Caen in northern France. At the age of twenty, he moved to Paris to become a professional artist, studying under fellow Normandy painter Eugène Boudin. Lépine would leave Paris just a few years later to return to his native region where he studied informally and became friends with the great Barbizon painter, Camille Corot. Through Boudin and Corot, Lépine embraced the value of painting directly from nature. The Island of Grand Jatte, nestled between the banks of the River Seine, provided a lush and easily accessible retreat for Parisian picnickers, weekend travelers, and artists eager to escape the city. Lépine, working in a manner reminiscent of Corot’s, painted his idyllic view of the island and a languid stretch of the river in the hazy heat of summer, but without its usual holiday revelers. Just a few years later, in 1886, young Georges Seurat would famously paint a similar section of the island in his Pointillist technique, but packed with summer visitors.
  • Provenance: Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo N. Dixon
  • Type: Oil paintings
  • Rights: Dixon Gallery and Gardens. For Terms and Conditions for use of this image please contact the Registrar at 901-761-5250.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas