As I was doing my response papers for my poetry class, I eventually found myself in a mini-Art History review of Edward Hopper’s work. How did I come to this mini-review from poetry? Well, I was reading about Victoria Chang — a notable Asian American poet — and she stated in her interview that she uses Edward Hopper as a subject of influence. I admit I did not pick up on Hopper’s name right away, but I could not get pass that little curious bug in me that always picks up every detail and has to know who they are, where a place is located, what it is, etc. (Painting above: “Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper)
So, being the me that I am, I searched Edward Hopper once more and remembered how much I loved his work. I love it because of the way he captured everyday life from street and beach scenery, to lonely dinners and secret romantic getaways between teenagers. The painting above is my favorite… I mean, there is a reason why it is one of his most famous paintings. I personally like it because it captures the mood of a nocturnal person like myself. If you don’t know by now, I am a latenighter. I enjoy being up when the world is asleep. I feel like I get so much more done. I also find it comforting to know that I am here alone and studying in my room while my family is probably going through third dream by now. The picture above reminds me of my late nights with Mark and a few close friends at a diner or Albert Tacos winding down after a long day at school or work. Aside from the photo above, below are more favorites of mine and why I like them: (What’s your favorite Hopper piece?)
“Summer Evening” reminds me of The Notebook when Allie and Noah had their nightly meetings away from their parents. It’s very romantic. I personally like this photo because of the way the girl’s clothes already makes me feel like I can hear crickets and feel the moon shining down on the porch. This picture captures a typical, simple summer night.
This painting is a little creepy. It is an outside perspective looking to the personal life of someone doing their personal thing in their personal space. While it is creepy and stalkerish, I like this painting because it captures the late-night feels and how there are people in the world in their private homes doing their personal thing without the concern of daytime responsibilities and obligations.
“Automat” reminds me of my first year of CSULB when I was learning how to be comfortable with being alone. I strongly disliked being alone at first, but I found comfort and solace in it eventually.
I like this photo because it reminds me of a proper screenshot version of the beginning of the Lilo and Stitch movie when Lilo was feeding Pudge the Fish a peanut butter jelly sandwich.
This my favorite daytime painting by Hopper. I have always been a sucker for 1940s fashion and I love that this photo captures the every day life of a woman during that time. Where can I buy her dress and hat and shoes? I want the whole outfit. Aside from my playful reason, I also love this painting because of the seriousness of the lady. Maybe she just walked out of the building to take a breather from her family pressuring her to marry someone because she is getting “too old.” Maybe she is waiting for someone to hang out with her. Maybe she is thinking about how “this is the only life I can live” feeling nothing but fear and disappointment.
My mind wanders all over the place. Who knows what the “right” answer is. I know I don’t know. I am fine with not knowing. I’m just happy about my refresher on EEdward Hopper and his works.
lots of virtual hugs 💙