Thursday, April 8, 2010

"Chair Car" by Edward Hopper

Looking at Edward Hopper's paintings at first glance, I would think they are simply ordinary paintings like many other artists. After looking at quite a few, I began to notice a pattern in his subject matter and style of painting. He is an American realist painter. You can see the realism in his art by how he depicts and paints objects so perfectly and realistically. The painting "Chair Car" is a stereotypical work of his, meaning the feelings of isolation and hope, which are reocurring themes of his, are portrayed, as in many other works he does.
There are four people in this "Chair Car." The lady closest to the viewer appears to be reading something or looking over notes she is holding. The other lady whose face we can see is staring with a blank look. She might be zoning out or thinking hard. Whatever she is doing, we can tell she looks lost or not so content. We cannot see the faces of the two people in the background. The car seems isolated and empty. We do not see anything but the people on the chairs, a door, and windows. All we see outside the windows is sunlight flowing in. The sunlight combining with the green inside of the car makes a feeling of dread inside the vehicle. It is a nonpleasant feeling that I would not enjoy experiencing.


  1. The carriage is 4m wide, the ceilings are 5m high, the front wall looks like made of plaster. What kind of transportation is it?

    1. Umm... it's art, not a photograph. In art anything can be as it is. I never saw women who looked anything like Picasso's subjects from his dreadful cubist phase.