This Week's Hopper #2


New York Movie (1939)

7 comments:

swac said...

I always wonder what happened in Hooper's head when something struck him as painting worthy. That's what lingers about his work, we look at something like this, or even the overexposed Nighthawks, and think that we've been there too. It's hard to say that about paintings from, say, 150 years ago, but I see this work and the meaning buried in that initial moment of inspiration remains as vital and universally understandable as when the spark first went off in Hopper's mind.

Ivan G. said...

I've been haunted by this painting for sometime now, ever since I started reading David Thomson's The Whole Equation (it's featured in the book, albeit in a B&W version)...

monsieurblob said...

rather than blabbing on bout god like inspiration (swaaaaaaaaaac:-), this stuff predates noel burch's ramblings by loads of decades. it is a gem for modern cineastes such as i, indeed it is nothing short of a flag for us.

swac said...

Who said anything about God?

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Who said anything about God?

*****
Stephen . . . note the source, okay?

It's Juan. 'Nuff said?

monsieurblob said...

well i certainly didnt mention god. i said 'god-like' which is what we do when we 'wonder what happened in Hooper's head when something struck him as painting worthy'... that takes part in a cult of the 'genius author' when in fact modern criticism may take precedence. in any case, you two sound rather retarded as of late. as for sutpen, you dloaded flaming creatures and sauvage innocents yet?!

swac said...

Criticism, schmiticism.