Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Edward Hopper and serendipity


An unexpected discovery at the Royal Academy yesterday afternoon.... two Edward Hoppers including the painting above.
They're part of America after the Fall: painting in the 1930s.  The petrol station painting is usually in New York. It's far more brilliant and shiny that this reproduction suggests - the colours are shiny and enamel bright. So much light streaming from the garage windows. It's not a bleak painting. 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Solitude, romance and the difficulty of saying goodbye


Compartment C, Car 193, 1938The French poet Baudelaire inspired Edward Hopper apparently - that's why Hopper's paintings of solitary people in service stations and cafes are so romantic. They're not entirely bleak: there is usually some poetry in them. 

The poetry of station platforms and waiting rooms....
I've got to the stage now where I try never to say goodbye on a station platform. The car park is just as good. Anything to avoid the rapidly diminishing figure(s) left behind as the train pulls out - or vice versa.


Reading and watching

  • Foot by Foot to Santiago de Compostela/Judy Foot
  • The Testament of Mary with Fiona Shaw at the Barbican
  • The Testament of Mary/Colm Toibin
  • Schwanengesang/Schubert - Tony Spence
  • Journals/Robert Falcon Scott
  • Fugitive Pieces/Ann Michaels
  • Unless/Carol Shields
  • Faust/Royal Opera House
  • The Art of Travel/Alain de Botton
  • Mad Men Series 6
  • A Week at The Airport/Alain de Botton
  • The Railway Man/Eric Lomax
  • Bright Lights, Big City/Jay McInerney
  • Stones of Venice/John Ruskin
  • The Sea, the Sea/Iris Murdoch
  • Childe Harold/Lord Byron
  • All The Pretty Horses/Cormac McCarthy
  • Extreme Rambling/Mark Thomas
  • Story of my Life/Jay McInerney
  • Venice Observed/Mary McCarthy