Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Admiring Edward Hooper's Moodiness Created Through Composition
"Lewis Barn", 1931, a watercolor by American artist Edward Hooper can be analyzed as to how he created the mood.
Is the main subject the barn with the dark side facing left but the roof points the eye upward? The upward movement doesn't uplift my spirit. The dark lines and areas behind zigzag me back to the unseen back of the barn. From the the wide dark band does your eye skip through the barn to the small window? When do you see the dark fence posts pointing the eye toward the small square window, plus the dark earth zigzagging toward the base of the front of the barn underlining the window? The fence posts might be seen secondarly. The small static square window sets a mood of forlorned mystery for me. Does your eye continue to circle in a figure eight or does it stop at the window?
Below is a later1955 painting, "South Carolina Morning." Is the main subject the woman in red or the woman grouping with the doorway? She stands out by color hue of red against white and not so much from the color values of darks and lights. The mystery is why she is standing in a doorway. The emptiness of the blue sky and light ground draws me into her.