Hopper’s landscapes/cityscapes often have dark woods lurking in the background. I think it reinforces the fact that his subject buildings/businesses are often on the edge of town. It also gives an opportunity to include some really dark bits to amplify the light. Here the edge of the white building is sharply defined against the black of the woods. Even though this store seems to have little to offer, it appears a welcoming sanctuary for those that make it out of the woods. There’s something in the scene not quite right, which gives it a GNAY like “thought provoking edge”.


May 19, 2016

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