This Week's Hopper #18


American Village (1912)

7 comments:

Barney Hopkins said...

Beautiful. Hopper proving the language of cinema is vital to all American art — here using an establishing shot to convey the same mood typical of his most iconic work focusing on one figure.

estiv said...

What is the dark object at the bottom?

Barney Hopkins said...

Railroad bridge railing? A guess.

Tom Sutpen said...

I could be wrong, but it seems like the bottom of whatever window Hopper parked his canvas next to.

estiv said...

I don't think it's the bottom of a window, because the rest of the scene is visible on each side of it, which would not be the case if it were the bottom of a window. Of course for Hopper it existed mostly as an element in the overall composition, and that's why it's there. But still, he was not an abstract painter: it's meant to represent some specific physical object. I know it doesn't matter much, but it's driving me nuts -- a large but not particularly obtrusive black mass with blue highlights. What the hell is it?

swac said...

A billboard?

estiv said...

My guess would be not a billboard, but I'll admit I have no better suggestion. Like I say, what it really is is an element in the overall composition. I know that when Hopper was painting a city scene, he would often start with an actual locale but had no qualms about changing the location of whole buildings if he felt it improved the picture.