Painting Description

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This painting was done by Edward Hopper, painted at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1942. The size of the painting is 30 x 60 inches, done on canvas with oil paints. The mood this painting sends to the audience is the feel of loneliness, and late night emptiness of a sleeping city. Some of the things being presented here, that I’ve observed; there are two men and a lady sitting around a large rounded counter with coffee mugs in front of them. I would assume it’s a coffee shop that they are in, but could possibly be a bar as well. The coffee shop has a large glass window wrapping around the whole shop, and onto the corner. There is a sign above the place, that says Phillies, probably the name of the shop, or maybe they sell cigars as well. It looks like part of the sign is cut off so we cannot see if this sign has more written on it. Noticing the sidewalk next to the coffee shop, it seems unusually pretty. Also, across the street from the shop, is a large building that appears to be closed, there are no lights on, and no people inside. Back to the coffee shop, there is a person inside behind the counter who looks to be filling a cup to serve a drink. He looks l Continue...

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The solidness and dimension make the painting look more like he was trying to portray a photograph more than a painting. There are very dark shadows in the building across the street. The painting is very dark and the streets are empty, giving it a gloomy tired nighttime feel. The only thing that stands out slightly is the tan brick, but besides the entire building looks closed and empty. Edward Hopper's use of color, shadowing, depth, and the placing of the viewers perception to the painting, give the viewer the feel that if we were there, it would be a quiet night. Even though there isn't many clues, the building looks like an office simply because on a desk inside the window, I can see what appears to be a cash register, or something close that would be used in a office. She has a red dress on, and bright red hair. This is the only red used in this painting. The lines are very obviously defined, and mainly thick, with little intricate detail. It's not as clear looking at the painting from far away, but if I look closely, I can barely see small canvas grooves in the texture. The street wrapping around the other side of the shop is unusually dark, which I think is strange for a city street. The painting looks like it might feel very smooth, maybe with a slight bit of rough texture, but not very much. The man sitting by himself, looks like he might be sad or lonely, maybe deep in thought. The artist seems to break the painting where the coffee shop ends, and the street begins, which gives the bar the most attention directed to itself.


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