Burning Sun of June is one of the most outstanding works of the London artist Lord Frederic Leighton, in it the painter flaunts a magnificent subtlety and a poetic composition that gives the canvas great beauty. The artist recreates a feminine beauty that gives off eroticism through simple and calm gestures, her body appears totally covered and yet the sensuality of her beauty seems to cast a spell on the viewer.
Frederic Leighton (1830 – 1896) is one of the most outstanding figures of the English school, his works have often been included in the Pre-Raphaelites group for their style classic and mastery of the line, however his compositions go far beyond drawing, color in Leighton's work is the main component of the canvas and with it he articulates the entire composition. Born in the English town of Scarborough into a we althy family, Leighton received a careful artistic education. His studies began at the University College School in London and later he would train with the artists Eduard Van Stinle and Giovanni Costa.
However, his trip to Italy would be the event that would most influence his pictorial career, there the artist was able to see the works of the great Renaissance artists and the classicist imprint will be a constant in each one since then of the canvases of him. He also traveled to France where he got to knowthe painting of Corot or Millet. On his return to the London capital he settled down with the Pre-Raphaelites. Leighton is one of those artists who, although during his lifetime he had great recognition despite his dissidents, the history of art has diverted attention from him in favor of other artists of his time.
On this occasion we find ourselves before a simple canvas, square in format and small in size (it only measures forty-seven centimeters on a side) entirely occupied by the figure of a woman sleeping peacefully. It seems that the canvas would date from the mid-1990s, which is why it is considered one of the artist's last works. In the middle of the 20th century the canvas was auctioned for a modest price and remained in oblivion until businessman Luis A. Ferre found it in a Dutch gallery and acquired the canvas for the Museum de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico where it remains on display.
The young woman is reminiscent of the famous classicist venus that authors have depicted since antiquity and that Renaissance artists have revisited in countless canvases. The young woman sleeps in a complicated position crouched in an armchair, her yellowish dress folds over and over again sticking to her body and showing the viewer her anatomy as if it were a Greek sculpture by Phidias. The yellow of her dress contrasts with the blue sky of the upper area. The modeling of her is soft and the bright and simple light is diffused throughout the scene