Art Appreciation: Edward Hopper

Ref: C2346513

Silence and uncanny stillness haunt most of Edward Hopper's pictures. The central theme of his work is the loneliness of city life expressed through one or two figures in spare settings - typically cafeterias, motel rooms, filling stations and deserted offices at night. His paintings are simple, yet mysterious, familiar while at the same time seemingly inscrutable, always inviting the viewer's own interpretations. Although rooted in a particular period and place they have a timeless feel and deal with the unchanging realities of modern life. No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

Course aim

This lecture explores the work of Edward Hopper

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognize the key characteristics of Hopper's work - including his dramatic use of space and perspective
  • Identify Hopper's key themes including the alienation and isolation of urban life
  • Understand Hopper's approach to his work including the role of his own temperament and relentless simplification
  • Recognize some of Hopper's major paintings

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A list of the images under discussion, booklist and relevant web sites will be available on canvas

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Art Appreciation: Edward Hopper

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