The Easel

Edward Hopper and American solitude

More puzzling over Hopper’s enigmatic paintings.  He, like film director Alfred Hitchcock, could compose scenes that elicit a particular feeling – aloneness, mystery, perhaps voyeurism. And what are his solitary human subjects thinking? “Regarding [Hopper’s] human subjects as “lonely” evades their truth. We might freak out if we had to be those people, but—look!—they’re doing O.K., however grim their lot.” A video (3 min) is here.