Friday Night Gallery Chat / Melancholy Moods and Edward Hopper

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Goods Evening,

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?

Nighthawks (1942).

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

Edward Hopper, Self-Portrait, 1906
Born July 22, 1882(1882-07-22)
Nyack, New York
Died May 15, 1967 (aged 84)
New York City
Nationality American
Field Painting
Works Automat (1927)
Chop Suey (1929)
Nighthawks (1942)
Office in a Small City (1953)
Influenced by Robert Henri



Personality and vision

Always reluctant to discuss himself and his art, Hopper simply summed up his art by stating, “The whole answer is there on the canvas.”[89] Hopper was stoic and fatalistic—a quiet introverted man with a gentle sense of humor and a frank manner. Conservative in politics and social matters, he accepted things as they were and displayed a lack of idealism. Cultured and sophisticated, he was well-read, and many of his paintings show figures reading.[90] He was generally good company and unperturbed by silences, though sometimes taciturn, grumpy or detached. He was always serious about his art and the art of others, and when asked would return frank opinions.[91]

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.[92] 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.”[93]                      FROM WIKIPEDIA


Have a rainbow filled weekend,





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2 responses to “Friday Night Gallery Chat / Melancholy Moods and Edward Hopper

  1. severnyproductions

    Sounds like a great artist. his painting reminds me of the times of night i love. so moody.

  2. He does capture that quiet time of reflection just before dawn, his figure studies are interesting as well, the way he paints the different kinds of light on his canvasses is impressive. I was looking around the web and “Night Windows “1928 and “New York Movie “1939, at the Museum of Modern Art in NY, you might want to check out. / Edward Hopper (google it, link did not work!)

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