Edward Hopper’s “A Woman in the Sun” is a mesmerizing painting that captures the psychological reality of its subject. The artwork portrays a nude female standing in a shaft of raking light from a nearby window, with the room reduced to its simplest architectural components. Hopper was initially inspired by sunbathers at Washington Square Park near his New York City apartment.
What makes Hopper’s paintings unique are the horizontal lines that combine selected scenarios and light to create an aesthetic key. The main character of his paintings is light, which covers and uncovers buildings, people, and moments full of life. In many of his works, people occupy the same scene but seem disconnected from each other.
“A Woman in the Sun” is available on USEUM and created by Edward Hopper in 1961. Another famous painting by him called “Morning Sun” displays the image of a beautiful young woman looking outside alone, symbolizing her feelings about depression yet having hope for her future life. Interestingly, although Hopper’s wife was seventy-eight years old at the time he painted it; she posed as a model to personify this stunning artwork.