No Words

If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.

Edward Hopper

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4 comments on “No Words

  1. It continues to amaze me, all that can be said in a painting. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words… as you might know, I love Hopper’s work. It’s the human condition condensed to an image.

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    • Bill says:

      There is a narrative quality to his paintings. They are like illustrations to a story (which they seem to demand) and without the accompanying story they seem incomplete. But he leaves it to the viewer to provide that story. So there will be as many stories as there are viewers. Just as a good writer’s story allows the reader to fill in the images, his images invite the viewer to fill in the story.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I do enjoy Hopper. My absolute favorite is in the Des Moines Art Gallery – “Automat”. The woman by herself at the table. There aren’t many of his paintings I don’t like, though. Every time I look at the top painting I think of the old Chock Full-O-Nuts coffee shops that used to be all over New York. I always enjoyed wandering at night, especially in cities like New York. I suppose those days are gone for a variety of reasons.

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    • Bill says:

      That’s a great painting. It seems to me that there just has to be a story with that scene.

      I remember the first time I went to the Art Institute of Chicago, and how thrilled I was to see “Nighthawks.” At the time I knew it as the album cover to “Open All Nite” by the D.C. area blues/rock band The Nighthawks.

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