Friday, July 27, 2007

Trip East: Edward Hopper

I just returned from a trip to Boston and Cape Cod and was lucky enough to get to see the Edward Hopper Retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Luckily the MFA is open seven days a week. For me it was the only time I've had the chance to see a collection of Hopper works all at one time. It was good to see the development of the theme that he is so known for, the night and evening compositions peering into and through interior spaces, with figures often presented as an isolated element, the secondary cool warms and warm cool colors, along with his landscapes and quite a few watercolors of complex compositions of converging diagonals, verticles, and horizontals, many of local Victorian houses. I also found interesting a journal with thumbnail sketches and photographs of paintings alongside notes and descriptions of the work. This online version is interactive.

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