Hanson used the medium of sculpture to express his deeply felt concerns about the “latent and explicit terrors in our social environment.” Though his works are very popular with the public because of their life-like qualities, the artist himself was less interested in deceiving our eyes than in engaging our hearts and minds in the quiet despair of aimless workers, bloated consumers, and neglected senior citizens. The Sunbather lies surrounded by the detritus of consumer culture, revealing the forces that have made her what she is.

Funds donated by The Collectors’ Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum made possible the 1993 conservation of Sunbather.

Duane Hanson
American, 1925–1996
Sunbather, 1971
Polyester and fiberglass polychromed in oil
National Endowment for the Arts Museum Purchase Program with matching funds bequeathed by Roscoe Nelson Gray in memory of Rene Gabrielle Gray and Roscoe Nelson Dalton Gray, 1977.7

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