People in the Sun

  • Edward Hopper, People in the Sun, 1960, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1969.47.61

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In Edward Hopper's People in the Sun, five men and women sit on a terrace beneath a vast blue sky. Stark contrasts and cool light emphasize the eerie expressions, frozen poses, and formal attire of the visitors. Hopper distilled his memories of tourist destinations in the American West to create a scene that is strangely familiar but nowhere in particular.

Title
People in the Sun
Artists
Date
1960
On View
Dimensions
40 3/8 x 60 3/8 in. (102.6 x 153.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

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Keywords
  • Recreation – leisure – reading
  • Landscape – weather – sun
  • Landscape – mountain
  • Figure group
  • Object – furniture – chair
Object Number
1969.47.61
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