The sun is a universal theme: for millennia, human beings have responded artistically to the life-giving source of light. In many cultures, the sun was considered divine and was venerated as a symbol of inexhaustible power. It became a prominent motif in painting, appearing in mythological scenes as well as in atmospheric landscapes. Although it has long since ceased to carry mythological meaning, the sun remains a fascinating and compelling phenomenon even in the art of the present day.
Everyone worships the turning wheel of the sun.
Sophocles, fifth century BCE
I feel the sun’s rays on my body. I melt dissolved in the warm light, I am extended over the whole earth…
Richard Pousette-Dart, 1960
- Joseph Mallord William Turner | Mortlake Terrace
- Albert Trachsel | Soleil
- Valdemar Schønheyder Møller | Sunset
- Otto Piene | Black Sun
- Gérard Fromanger | The Sun Floods My Canvas