Art Criticism Final Exam Essay

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Edward Hopper photo | Tables for Ladies


One of the most amazing pieces of artwork today is called Tables for Ladies. This piece was done by Edward Hopper in 1030(s). This painting is an oil painting (oil on canvas) and has the dimensions 122 x 153 cm. I think that this piece is art as expression. I have come to this conclusion because when you look at the people and the overall mood of the restaurant you can see a lot of expression. The expressions can help you figure out what the meaning behind the painting is. In the painting it shows people at a restaurant. Some of the people are eating and others are working at the restaurant. The scene takes place near the very beginning of spring in the evening.


Hopper belonged to the art movement known as Regionalism (American Realism). This made his artwork look realistic. Hopper has seen many lonely (deserted) places before and these places have influenced his artwork. If you look in the picture it shows the daily life of people at a restaurant in the 1930's. As you can see, the restaurant looks very deserted since there are very few patrons.


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Hopper has shown rules of perspective in his painting. He has achieved so by making lines come from a vanishing point. He used them on the tables and the fruit. Both are going in a straight line in one direction.


In my opinion, the meaning behind this painting is that women (in the time period in which the painting takes place) have many things going on in there lives. These things may be good or bad, but women live a normal life as possible. Whatever is going on in their lives (good or bad) they are always accepted in one way or another (tables represent society).


I think that the artist succeeded on what he was trying to accomplish by using the specific emotions and expressions. Yet, Hopper could have put more people in the painting to make the meaning more clear.


Edward Hopper's Tables for Ladies has inspired many people. This painting will continue to do so for a very long time.