Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tables for Ladies

Detail of Edward Hopper's Table for Ladies, oil on canvas, 1930, Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Via scan from our 2007 Metropolitan Museum of Art agenda, New York, New York)

The text for this agenda page, by Carolyn Vaughan: Hopper understood the seeming contradiction that a person can feel completely alone in the middle of the nation's most crowded city, and his paintings often convey a feeling of urban melancholy. Here the cashier and the waitress seem to inhabit separate worlds, preoccupied as they are with their thoughts and tasks. We feel we know far more about the chops, the lettuce, and the pineapple in the display than we do about these two women.

Now, off to do the taxes; GG can't do them as her secret opposable thumbs remain retracted. Funny how that happens when help is most needed.

ciao-cheeky-meow/GG's editor