We’re squeezing in one more warm weather-appropriate artwork from our collection before it starts to cool off tomorrow. This here is Watermelon, a hanging scroll by Chinese artist Xu Linlu. The inscription includes: “I used my clumsy brush to paint a watermelon, which reflects my interest in simplicity…on a hot, humid summer day in 1978.” 

The radiating seeds echo the strokes of the writing. The intense red is a reminder of the smothering heat of the season as well as the relief that the fruit provides. A juicy, cold slice of ripe watermelon would be the perfect refreshment for the type of summer day the artist describes in his inscription. 

What perfect refreshment will you treat yourself to today? 

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