“Summertime Coffee House” is a large framed Impressionist oil on canvas landscape painting created by Vietnamese artist Le Thanh Son in 2017. Featuring a vibrant palette made of red, green, white, yellow and blue, the painting depicts a serene scene captured during the summer season of Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. Le Thanh Son’s impressionist technique renders here a charming depiction of an everyday scene. The right side of the composition is occupied by the tall presence of a white building, undoubtedly the coffee house, whose vertical juxtaposition of columns suggests a classical influence. With discreet strokes of colors, Le Thanh Son evokes the lively chatter of people drinking their tea while talking with one another. Our eye however, is immediately drawn to the radiant colors of the tall trees on the left that provide the quiet street with perfect shading during Hanoi’s hot season. Protecting a bike rider wearing his/her traditional conic hat, the trees present a gentle progression between the vibrant red of their outer leaves to the green. One is left with a sense of uplifting calm and serenity.