Edward Hopper

"If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint."

 
 
Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was born in Nyack (USA), although he lived in New York his whole life.

Author of stories ‘on hold’ and master of solitude, he is known for his everyday themes portraying American society. This realist American artist stands close to objectivity, lethargy, reflection. Silence governs both his urban and rural scenes. The cautious spectators watch without disturbing the characters, with whom they also share those ‘peaceful moments’ in which everything seems about to crumble in a ‘suspended’ way.

Edward Hopper, the painter of stories ‘on hold’

Morning

Morning

Gas

Gas

Nighthawks

Nighthawks

Rooms By The Sea

Rooms By The Sea

Office In Small City

Office In Small City

Newyork Movie

Newyork Movie

Taking a few moments to stand in front of one of his paintings relates to the words of recently deceased poet Mark Strand in his book Hopper.

(...) “No one is there to share what we see, and no one has come before us.  What we experience will be entirely ours.  The exclusions of travel, along with our own sense of loss and our passing absence, will flourish.”

Hopper’s everyday realism shows a conscious look to what surrounds us, to what goes unseen in this routine. This is an exercise of contemplation that teaches us to pay attention to images that will go unnoticed for those who are always in a hurry.

N.B. This link redirects you to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum’s 2012 exhibition on Hopper.

Additionally, this engaging documentary offers some insight into Hopper’s work and how contemporary filmmaking has been influenced by it.

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