Edward Hopper’s intriguing figurative paintings are extremely popular and I think his shadow play is a big part of their appeal. Look at this painting - it is ninety percent shadow! The shaft of sunlight takes us to the focal point of the composition, but more importantly, the shadow sets the mood for this unusual vignette. For me Hopper’s paintings are more like the opening chapter of a good book, than a picture. Obviously, something “shadowy” has happened or is about to occur. Don’t be fooled by the sunlight. Look for the story in the shadows. Those aren’t slippers under the bed.


May 11, 2017

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