Thursday, March 09, 2006

ART GALLERY - Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967), the best-known American realist of the inter-war period and one of my favourits. Western Motel, 1957 oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 50 1/8 in.

Hopper found inspiration in the commonplace of American life. In Western Motel, an anonymous motel bedroom becomes a symbol of the mobility and rootlessness of modern life. The spare furnishings, stark interior, and sharp bands of light produce a composition of masterful simplicity, yet one that is layered with psychological ambiguity. The woman's stare across the room does not seem to take us in. The pensiveness of her stare and tense posture accentuate the sense of some impending event. She appears to be waiting: the luggage is packed; the room is devoid of personal objects; the bed is made; a car is parked outside the window.



Anonymous valerio said...

Hopper is one of my favourites too. I would add to your comment one more issue: the lack of something, an absence we find in most of his pictures, a sort of thing hidden behind - or beyond - Hopper's apparent realism. That's perhaps what makes people uneasy in front of his art.

4:34 PM  
Blogger JFS said...

I totaly agree with you - the lack of something - is exactly what I feel when I admire his paintings. We feel unesay but can not stpo looking at them ...

4:40 PM  

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