Title

Edward Hopper: Putting the "Real" in Surrealism

Presenting Author Name/s

Heather Nygaard

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Colaizzi

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Modern Art and Architecture

Description/Abstract

Although Edward Hopper is traditionally cast as a realist painter, there are far more layers to his paintings than can be restricted to that genre. The truth is that Hopper vexes our need to classify things–he does not fit neatly into one specific movement. Edward Hopper utilized realism as a vehicle to explore surrealistic themes of subconscious thought and emotion in a way that is eerily familiar and recognizable to the audience, and in doing so, engages with a more savage surrealism that heightens the viewer's emotional experience.

Session Title

Art History 3

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

Start Date

2-2-2019 11:30 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 12:30 PM

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Feb 2nd, 11:30 AM Feb 2nd, 12:30 PM

Edward Hopper: Putting the "Real" in Surrealism

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

Although Edward Hopper is traditionally cast as a realist painter, there are far more layers to his paintings than can be restricted to that genre. The truth is that Hopper vexes our need to classify things–he does not fit neatly into one specific movement. Edward Hopper utilized realism as a vehicle to explore surrealistic themes of subconscious thought and emotion in a way that is eerily familiar and recognizable to the audience, and in doing so, engages with a more savage surrealism that heightens the viewer's emotional experience.