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Rooms by the sea

Painting, 1951, 73.7×102 cm

Description of the artwork «Rooms by the sea»

Hopper loved the sea. In childhood, when Edward had just started to draw, the main motive of his works was exactly seascapes. Many years later, the artist and his wife Jo spent a lot of time on Cape cod and returned to the images of the coast, giving special preference to the beacons. In this respect, the painting "rooms by the sea" can be called unique. Although here and there is the sea, but the main role on the canvas, paradoxically, is given to... sunlight.

Most of the paintings of hopper features one amazing feature that is not immediately notice. First, it's just the feeling of a light dissonance. And then it becomes clear that most of the work of the artist written from an unusual angle or point of view. It often does not cover the entire scene as a whole, and is limited to one, sometimes quite unexpected, creating a sense accidentally caught the moment ("New York cinema", 1939). It could look like stills from the film or pictures, looking at that we think that this was taken from the corner ("Night owls", 1942), is – from the window of the house opposite ("Office in a small town", 1953) this is from under the mound near the railway tracks ("House by the railroad", 1925), and this is from the window of a passing over the surface of the subway car ("Room in new York", 1932).

Given this feature, the painting "rooms by the sea" becomes the exclusive double, even triple. First, the Hopper finally allows himself to portray the light-filled empty space, without having to enter into this space of people. Secondly, the picture painted, like many others, from an unusual angle, but there is no object that would fall into the "frame" entirely. And the sea is starting right on the doorstep, creates a feeling of almost fairy-like and illusory. It is not surprising that recent work hopper is referred to the genre known as "magical realism".

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape, Interior

Style of art: Realism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1951

Size: 73.7×102 cm

Artwork in selections: 45 selections

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