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Friday, May 04, 2007

Edward Hopper in Boston

Holland Cotter of the New York Times today reviewed the Edward Hopper show at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts May 16 through August 16. I have the distinct impression that Cotter doesn't care much for Hopper. Personally, I like the big shapes and the way Hopper uses strong values and directional lighting. It isn't always a joyful light, though, as there seems to be a sad, sometimes frightening drama to Hopper's compositions. Edward Hopper, the MFA catalog of the exhibition, includes more than 150 reproductions of his art in various media. "High Noon" shown here is in our Dayton Art Institute and has long been a favorite with visitors to the museum. I love the directness of Hopper's watercolors, too.

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