Room in New York
|Title||Room in New York|
|Paper Size (W x H)||29 x 24 ins|
In ‘Room in New York’, 1932, it is night; a man reads a paper at a round table, a woman turns away in her own absorption and boredom. They are out of sync, and their distance from each other is figured in the simple act of a woman with a shadowed face sounding a note (or perhaps only thinking about sounding it) to which there will be no response. The position of her knees and elbow makes it clear she doesn’t intend to play the instrument. Instead, she picks at the keyboard with a single finger.
Despite the cramped quarters, the couple remains aloof from each other; there is more than a roundtable separating these two. The rectangular panels of the door repeat those of the three framed pictures on the wall and the three exact and conscious patches of red: the armchair, the woman's dress, the lampshade is a repetition that becomes the visual equivalent of dull familiarity. The isolation is so enervating that the people seem to have lost their faces in masks of shadow.
What we witness is too impersonal to be private, too inert to be engaging. At their most intimate, people are disappointingly themselves.
The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.
About the Artist
Edward Hopper was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. His spare and finely calculated paintings of urban and rural scenes reflected his personal vision of modern American life. Today, he is regarded as one of the most enduring American painters of the 20th century.Find out more