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Midsummer Eve, by Edward Robert Hughes (1908). Click here for more of the artist’s work!

I’ve encountered this wonderful piece many times on cards, posters and book covers over the years. It’s been in the public domain since before I was born, and that availability combined with Edward Robert Hughes skill with light, dark and color has ensured its popularity. He was a master with watercolor techniques, and his use of that here creates the airy, dreamlike quality that makes it so enchanting. I never get tired of this piece’s timeless magic.

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