10 5/8 x 13 3/16 in. (27 x 33.5 cm)
(Nyack, NY, 1882 - 1967, New York, NY)
Medium and Support:
Gift of Sister Magdalen LaRow in honor of Robert Gianniny
Location: Not currently on view
The New Republic, NY
The New Republic Portfolio
Edward Hopper’s prints, like those of Martin Lewis, have a strong relationship to cinematic film noir. The artist gives us the sense that we are unseen watchers observing clandestine activity, and we have a feeling of unease. Strongly contrasting light and dark areas and sharp diagonal lines heighten these precarious and anxious feelings.
Who are these people? Are they city dwellers or newcomers? As Jonathan Franzen wrote in a 1966 essay in the New Yorker, “There’s no better way of rejecting where you came from, no plainer declaration of an intention to reinvent yourself, than moving to New York.” Hopper’s work suggests how the city’s cloak of anonymity makes Franzen’s statement possible.
[Label text, 2003]