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That’s Art II: Edward Hopper

April 21, 2010

by Charlie:

“Nighthawks” (1942) is an image probably all of us know or at least have seen somewhere.   To me it was the introduction to Edward Hopper (1882-1967).

Hopper is the most famous exponent of the American Realism.  Loneliness is the big theme of his paintings, probably an expression of the sense of human hopelessness after the Great Depression in 1929.

Hopper’s paintings are simple, very structured and full of nostalgia. They captivate you and make you think. They ask unspoken questions and leave room for interpretation. They are like a story told in a quiet voice and if you look at some of them long enough you might hear the wind wander through the grass.

Susan Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” is the perfect musical counterpart to Hoppers “Nighthawks”

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One comment

  1. by Maya: there has always been something about his paintings that I couldn’t grasp. But now that you have said it: it’s loneliness. They make me feel depressed and empty in a way.



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