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1.30.2006

Nighthawks

This painting is a favorite of my stepson ... and I love the way Edward Hopper makes you feel what it was like during the war, in the empty city, early morning, after the bar closed.

Nighthawks Edward Hopper 1942

10 Comments:

Blogger ParisLondres said...

Darling M! Hope all is well. This is my favourite Hopper. It makes the viewer part of the scene from a car passing by or waiting to go.

12:17 AM

 
Blogger mireille said...

it's so nice to hear from you, N! xoxo

6:17 AM

 
Blogger Jemima said...

Very evocative. Bright colours, but they're muted so much. So lonely.

10:08 AM

 
Anonymous sarasotagirl said...

I love this one. I never feel lonely in it, but rather I feel cozy.

Which could probably be psychoanalyzed, but let's not.

Non sequitur: The verification letters below? Am I the only one who makes up definitions for them?

Today's: rvxbpnzi: 1.) Rumpelstiltskin's name in his native tongue; 2.) A little-known Italian pasta.

10:55 AM

 
Blogger dddragon said...

I really like Hopper's work. I saw a great exhibit of his works in San Francisco in the mid 1980s.

Sarasotagirl: I had fun with the verification words for awhile, and once in a while one will inspire me.

11:20 AM

 
Blogger still life said...

I love this painting as well. However it always makes me feel this if I am an outsider, not really a part of what is happening on the inside of this bar. Probably very similar to how people felt at that time of what was happening around them, that they couldn't quite grasp or feel a part of it. I don't know just a guess.

never could do the verification game, by the time I thought of something clever enough a new post was up!

11:58 AM

 
Blogger Fred said...

Nice picture. I wouldn't mind having that in my living room.

12:30 PM

 
Blogger Bela said...

I adore Hopper. There was a wonderful exhibition of his works at Tate Modern last year; I could have spent several days looking at those paintings.

There is also a superb essay about him by my favourite (he's so cute) philosopher, Alain de Botton, entitled On the Pleasures of Sadness, where he describes Hopper as 'the painterly counterpart to Bach or Leonard Cohen'. He begins by saying, 'Edward Hopper belongs to that category of artists whose work is sad but does not make us sad.' And ends with 'Oscar Wilde once remarked that there had been no fog in London before Whistler had painted it. There was of course lots of fog, it was just that little bit harder to notice its qualities without the example of Whistler to direct our gaze. What Wilde said of Whistler, we may well say of Hopper: that there were far fewer service stations, Little Chefs, airports, trains, motels and diners visible in the world before Edward Hopper began painting.' The essay is just as melancholy and comforting as a Hopper.

6:41 PM

 
Blogger still life said...

That's wonderful J.

11:16 AM

 
Blogger Bela said...

Thanks, SL. Alain de Botton is a very sensitive man.

6:16 PM

 

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