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Tonight an American artist who exemplified the isolation and loneliness of living in urban America in his paintings, the realist, Edward Hopper. Realism was a reaction to the overt emotionalism of the Romantic movement in the 1850’s. The realists depicted what was explicitly in front of them, attempting to keep the interpretation of the image from being clouded by personal emotions.
When you look at the painting below how does it make you feel? Does it remind you of anything you have experienced in life?
The most well-known of Hopper’s paintings
By placing a limited amount of figures in the painting and using subduded colors Mr. Hopper creates an atmosphere of emptiness and desolation.
Edward Hopper’s most productive period was during the 1930′ s into the early 40’s.
Edward Hopper, Self-Portrait, 1906
|Born||July 22, 1882
Nyack, New York
|Died||May 15, 1967 (aged 84)
New York City
Chop Suey (1929)
Office in a Small City (1953)
|Influenced by||Robert Henri|
Personality and vision
In more general terms, Hopper stated “Great art is the outward expression of an inner life of the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world. The inner life of a human being is a vast and varied realm.” Though he claimed that he didn’t consciously embed psychological meaning in his paintings, he was deeply interested in Freud and the power of the subconscious mind. He wrote in 1939, “So much of every art is an expression of the subconscious that it seems to me most of all the important qualities are put there unconsciously, and little of importance by the conscious intellect.” FROM WIKIPEDIA