The always provocative Theophile Gauthier (18i1-1872) described this time of year as "the inferno of ideal weather." How Romantic to complain of sunshine and warm breezes, to wring discontent from a day at the beach.
As for me, my heart beats faster and I can almost smell the deliciousness of salt in the air as I look at these images. Wish I were there. And in imagination, I am. Enjoy summer.
1. Henri Chouanard - Two Women on a Beach, c. 1910, Alinari Archives, Florence.
2. Harry Gruyaert - Picardie, Bay of Somme, Fort Mahon Beach, 1977, Pompidou Center, Paris.
3. Jacques Henriot-Durant - Bath Cabins at Saint-Valery, 1978, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rennes.