The peaked roofs of a white house shine in the sun as two women sit on the deck.

365 Days of Art: February 16 – Edward Hopper Poses for Raphael Soyer, Disses Abstract Art

The peaked roofs of a white house shine in the sun as two women sit on the deck.
Edward Hopper, Second Story Sunlight, 1960.

February 16, 1963

Edward Hopper poses for the second time for Raphael Soyer, who is painting his portrait. Soyer noted the occasion, as well as their conversation in his diary:

A professor, head of an art department, recently asked him to participate in an art symposium with the nonrepresentationalist Motherwell and others. “I said nix. Painting has become a matter of words to such a great extent,” he said sadly.

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