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Raoul Dufy

From 17 February to 17 May 2014

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Autor:
Raoul Dufy
Título:
Open Window, Nice, 1928
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
65,1 x 53,7 cm

Ubicacion:
The Art Institute of Chicago, Joseph Winterbotham Collection
© Raoul Dufy / VEGAP / Madrid, 2015

Paul Delvaux: A Walk with Love and Death

From 24 February to 07 June 2015

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Autor:
Paul Delvaux
Título:
The Table, 1946
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
86 x 76 cm

Ubicacion:
Private Collection on deposit at Musée d´lxelles, Brusssels
© Foundation Paul Delvaux, Koksijde, Belgium / VEGAP – SABAM – 2015
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Autor:
Edward Hopper
Título:
Girl at a Sewing Machine
Fecha:
ca. 1921
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
48.3 x 46 cm
Úbicacion:
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 595 (1977.49)

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Edward Hopper was among the painters who made the biggest contribution to the establishment of realism in America. However, it should be stressed that it was a realism that bore his own, personal stamp. Although Hopper aimed to achieve great objectivity, the emotive quality and powerful simplicity of his images also convey a critical attitude. Lloyd Goodrich summed up the stance of the painter as follows: “instead of subjectivity, a new kind of objectivity; instead of abstraction, a purely representational art; instead of international influences, an art based on American life.”

After working as a magazine illustrator for several years and travelling to Paris on various occasions, by the time he painted Girl at a Sewing Machine in 1921, Hopper had fully consolidated his style. In the centre of an urban domestic interior, a young woman with long hair that practically conceals her face is absorbed in working on a sewing machine by a window. The composition recalls similar indoor settings painted by seventeenth-century artists of the Dutch school, and also certain paintings by John Sloan, such as The Cot, which Hopper could have seen in the exhibition of The Eight in 1907. The present painting also bears a certain resemblance to the artist’s later works, especially the etching East Side Interior, executed in 1922.

As in most of Hopper’s indoor scenes, light is the salient feature of the painting. In this case the action takes place on a clear, sunny day and the rays powerfully penetrate the interior, projecting a reflection on the flesh coloured far wall, which helps create a geometrical effect that is heightened by the quadrangular shapes of the window frame. The light also causes the figure of the young woman in white to glisten in the dark interior. What might otherwise be a simple everyday scene is thus given a new dimension, and the solitary woman engrossed in her work becomes an embodiment of the alienation of the human being.

Paloma Alarcó

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