Following our recent election, with so much focus on the rural/urban divisions, I selected this painting for its symbolism. Although initially criticized for possibly poking fun at rural America, this iconic image soon came to be recognized as a celebration of the kind of fundamental American values that our country still thrives on. Painted during a time of great disillusionment (1930), the man and woman, in their solid and well-crafted world, with all their strengths and weaknesses, represent survivors. American, red or blue or purple, are survivors.
Social Distancing: Paris style! As we Minnesotans enjoy our 10,000+ lakes and rivers during the summer, trying to social distance, this painting came to mind! These Parisians, in little clusters on the River Seine on a “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” are using perfect social distancing, although I doubt that is what the artist intended!
Depression-era social distancing is portrayed in this oil painting. Hopper’s art often presents loneliness, isolation, aloneness, and empty spaces.