Edward Hopper (5)

Edward Hopper in his studio, together with his wife and only female model, Josephine Verstille (Hopper-)Nivison – 1964. In front of Hopper is (a version of?) his painting ‘Sun in an Empty Room’ visible.

Summertime – 1943. It is a little bit more than just an attractive red haired young woman. The upper part of her right leg and her bosom are vaguely visible under her see-through dress.

Summer in the City – 1949. This one struck us, composition-wise, as a mirror image of the even more intriguing ‘Excursion into Philosophy’ that Hopper created 10 years later.

Conference at Night – 1949. This seems a mysterious painting. Why at night? Why is the standing man wearing a hat and coat while the other two people do not? Is the sitting man defending himself? As very often, looking at the lines in this painting one can imagine Hopper mathematically developing a new work of art.

First Row Orchestra – 1951. There is the theatre-theme again. And beautifully done too!

Hotel by a Railroad – 1952. What is the blue thing, reflected in the mirror? The woman seems 100% at ease, looking at her hair, her attire and the way her legs are positioned.

See Watchers – 1952. No conversation. No book. No sunshade. It looks like they are enjoying themselves not even a single bit.

Morning Sun – 1952. So absolutely unmistakable Hopper again: the light, the shade, the window, the loneliness, alienation almost.

Excursion into Philosophy – 1959. ‘Summer in the city’ reversed, ten years later. What is he reading? Why do they seem be in a completely different world? Look at the light on her legs, his book and shoe and on the window sill.

People in the Sun – 1960. Again an absolutely puzzling painting. What are they waiting for? Something in the air? This painting makes one stop and think, think… According to the painter himself they were just enjoying the sun.

Two Comedians – 1966. Hopper’s last painting. It is said that the comedians represent the painter himself and his wife. Edward Hopper died in 1967, his wife in 1968.