Realism

New York Movie

* Artist: Edward Hopper
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1939
 
 

This painting has an interesting balance, with two distinct regions that contrast with one another in theme, tone and light. The woman appears isolated from the rest of the audience — waiting for someone, perhaps — or is she merely the usher waiting for the film’s end?

Chop Suey

* Artist: Edward Hopper
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1929
 
 

I like the conversational quality of this painting; one can readily imagine the atmosphere within the second story of this Asian café, with its grimy windows and sunlit tables. The half-cropped woman at the left, and the vacant expression of the facing woman, lend an unresolved feeling to the work — a momentary snapshot isolated from time.

Nighthawks

* Artist: Edward Hopper
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1942
 
 

Edward Hopper (1882–1967) was an American painter who lived in New York. Nighthawks has often been described as conveying loneliness and desolation through its emptiness and isolated, anonymous actors. Hopper denied any conscious intention: ‘I didn’t see it as particularly lonely … Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city.’

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