Monday, October 27, 2008

New York Movie


New York Movie After Edward Hopper
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

Earlier this year, I went to the DAM (Denver Art Museum) to see, "Inspiring Impressionism," an amazing exhibit that focused on how the Impressionists were influenced by the art that came before them. Many of the top Impressionists spent time at the Louvre and other great museums, copying paintings of others, and learning in the process.

I've been to many of the top art museums around the world and have seen some remarkable exhibits, but this one had to rank with the best. It brought paintings together from nearly 70 museums and great collections, and in addition to being beautiful, for an artist, it was instructive of how the creative process worked for these great painters.

Featured prominently at the exhibit was a quote by Edgar Degas, "[An artist] should copy the masters and re-copy them, and after he has given every evidence of being a good copyist, he might then reasonably be allowed to do a radish, perhaps, from Nature."

In that spirit, my painting today, is my impression of part of a great 1939 work, New York Movie, by one of my favorites, Edward Hopper.

So paint on and don't worry about copying or being influenced by others, as long as you are learning your craft along the way.

3 comments:

Sharon Wright said...

There it is again, mystery and atmosphere. Another stunner, Bill.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Bill, so great to see your take on Hopper, who counts amongst my very top favourites - so peaceful and full of introspection aren't they? I read somewhere that Hopper's wife Jo modelled for every single one of the women he used in his paintings, but Jo was small and had dark, auburn hair, so he had to "elongate" her for this one and turn her into a dumb blonde (don't know if it's true!!). Great work Bill and I love your comments. Makes me want to try now.

Irene Rencsi said...

I love your comments as much as your paintings. Thanks for being such an inspiration!