Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967), 'Two on the Aisle,' oil on canvas, 1927. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1935.49
In a theater waiting for the audience to assemble, a couple settles into their seats while a woman in a box reads her program. As in so many of his paintings, Hopper staged a drama of routine daily life played out by self-absorbed strangers.
Hopper rejected the radical modernist art he saw as a young man in Paris during the first decade of the century. Instead he painted barns, houses, gas stations, theaters, and deserted cafes with precision and an overwhelming absence of sentiment. He looked at American life with a fresh eye, seeing the remoteness and loneliness that existed everywhere.
Print Size: 24" x 18"