Consider how Dove shows the power of the sun in Red Sun. How does the composition—the size and scale of the forms, the colors used—convey the sun’s effects?
Discuss how Red Sun represents as Dove’s personal interpretation of nature. How do you think the artist exaggerated or changed what he saw?
Select something from nature and draw or paint your own interpretation of it.
Compare Red Sun to another to another painting of nature, Albert Pinkham Ryder’s Moonlit Cove. Do they have different moods? Colors? Subjects? Make a list of all of the differences you see.
Duncan Phillips called Dove a “nature poet.” Using Red Sun as inspiration, write a poem about the painting.
The sun is an important symbol for many cultures. Research the importance and meanings of the sun in various cultures in America and around the world.
What time of day is depicted in Red Sun?
Research sunsets to determine why the sun looks red at the end of the day.
The sun is a star. Find information about the sun’s distance from the Earth as well as its age. Investigate the relationship between color and temperatures in stars. What color star is the sun?