Monday, June 02, 2008

Through a window at dusk

Maybe it’s the voyeur in us that impels us to glance into open windows and doors as we pass by. Or perhaps we’re in need of a glimpse of a story to spur our imaginations…

Edward Hopper did a number of paintings where the view point is outside a building, looking in, including; Night Windows, Nighthawks, Apartment Houses, Rooms for Tourists. He also did several paintings of apartment and office buildings, and no two windows are alike. A shade half pulled, glow of a lamp, a curtain billowing, shadow of a person. You become aware that they more than buildings, they are instead like hives where people work, live, and deal with what life has brought them…

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No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.

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

~ Edward Hopper

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