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Entries in Edward Hopper (5)


Quote of the Day

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” - Edward Hopper


Did You Know?

The Art Institute of Chicago holds Edward Hopper’s famous painting, “Nighthawks”. Hopper allegedly based the painting on a diner that was located in New York City’s Greenwich Village, in an area where Greenwich Street meets 11th Street and 7th Avenue (Mulry Square). But he actually based the painting on an all-night coffee stand. “I simplified the scene a great deal and made the restaurant bigger,” he said. “Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city.”


Quote of the Day

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” - Edward Hopper


Be Careful What You Wish For - Regionalism and Grant Wood

Grant Wood, "American Gothic", Oil on beaverboard, 74.3 x 62.4 cm, Friends of American Art Collection, 1930.934 - All rights reserved by The Art Institute of Chicago and VAGA, New York, NYAmerican Regionalism is a style of art that became popular during the 1930s. Among its prestigious practitioners are Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton and Charles Burchfield. The goal of the American Scene Painters (another name by which they became known) was to depict life outside of large cities such as New York--in straightforward ways that everyone could understand and enjoy. Considered by some to be the founder of the movement was Grant Wood, who created the famous “American Gothic” -- which catapulted him to fame overnight. But that dream come true turned into a nightmare for Wood:

“No American artwork has been parodied more than American Gothic. Zombies, dogs, Beavis and Butthead, the Muppets, Lego figures, and even Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have taken a turn with the pitchfork. But the painting itself is no joke -American Gothic is as recognizable as the Mona Lisa and The Scream.”  



Celebrating an American Artist - Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper - House by the Railroad - 1925 - Oil on canvas - 24 x 29 in. (60.9 x 73.6 cm.)

Edward Hopper, the best-known American realist of the inter-war period, once said: 'The man's the work. Something doesn't come out of nothing.' This offers a clue to interpreting the work of an artist who was not only intensely private, but who made solitude and introspection important themes in his painting. Among the subjects he painted were hotels, motels, trains and highways. He also liked to paint the public and semi-public places where people gathered: restaurants, theatres, cinemas and offices. But even in these paintings he stressed the theme of loneliness - his theatres are often semideserted, with a few patrons waiting for the curtain to go up or the performers isolated in the fierce light of the stage. Hopper was a frequent movie-goer, and there is often a cinematic quality in his work. He transformed the concrete 'public real' into something far more personal and emotional.

"Hopper frequently used a straight. horizontal motif, usually a road or railroad track. to construct the space within the picture and to emphasize the division between the picture space and the viewer's world. Indeed, the more the viewer tries to penetrate the depths of a Hopper painting, the more impenetrable it becomes. What holds the viewer is that the artist's vision seems under control and yet, on closer inspection, the viewer realizes that the visible surface is a tissue of improbabilities and unreadable shifts in space. Hopper's view that nature and the contemporary world were incoherent contributed to his artistic vision." - From "Techniques of the Great Masters of Art"