The Last Ray of Sunshine
  • TitleThe Last Ray of Sunshine
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 50 x 100 cm
    Frame: (h x b) 71 x 121 cm
  • DatingMade 1888
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Julia Beck, Swedish, born 1853, dead 1935
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 2618
  • AcquisitionGift 1926 Mr Edward Björkman through Nationalmusei Vänner
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1434 1870-1900
  • Description
    Images and media

    Water lily motifs influenced by Japanese art were popular at the turn of the century. As early as 1888, the open-air painter Julia Beck created a series of pastel-coloured studies in Normandy, France. The forest and river landscapes fascinated her, especially the hazy multi-coloured light in the Risle River. The impressionist Claude Monet painted his first water lily the following year, 1889, and ten years later he started his series from Giverny.