The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

This Week's Hopper #22


New York Office (1962)

7 comments :

Peter L. Winkler said...

Fabulous Hopper.

Richmond Rambler said...

One of my favorite artists! Classic painting: sexy and cool, the best kind of modern art.

Shereese said...

I wonder how many people actually understand Hopper's work. http://tinyurl.com/26hpc4x

estiv said...

I wonder how many people actually understand Hopper's work.

I'm not sure I do, but I sure do like him. And I'm glad the post you link to mentions Sun in an Empty Room -- that's an amazing painting.

Nick said...

I never much cared for Hopper, despite that stuffy blog post linked above "urban isolation" remains an undeniable theme in his work. I'm not talking about the artist here, I'm talking about the work, and to me all the work feels very much the same. I love this blog though.

Shereese said...

To Estiv, I agree; it is an amazing painting.

maggie mae said...

my favorite!! great blog, by the way.
I'll be visiting.