Edward Hopper (1882-1967) painted
City Sunlight (cover ) in his New York studio on Washington
Square between June 10 and June 29, 1954. It was his first return to
his easel after a rather lengthy hospital stay in January and February
following two surgical procedures for hernia. Indeed, even before the
surgery, the 72-year-old Hopper had not painted for several months. On
New Year's Day, his wife Jo, herself a painter (they had first met in
one of Robert Henri's classes) who had been keeping detailed diaries
since 1933, noted that Edward had taken the Fifth Avenue bus to the end
of the line, looking for ideas. She thought: "Poor lamb, he has such
long waits before he finds anything he likes enough to do. Think he
hoping to hit on an idea in bus today."
Southgate MT. City Sunlight. JAMA. 1999;281(22):2067. doi:10.1001/jama.281.22.2067
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