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Old 3rd December 2017, 11:04 AM   #41
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It's December, so the new Hopper is Night Windows 1928.

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...AP8Q_B0IzAEwDQ

The colors on the link look garish and wrong compared to our calendar.

This has almost the same progression from cool greens to hot reds from left to right, bottom to top.

Again, the woman's backside looks (deliberately?) ungainly, and the most erotic thing is the view itself, or the bit of curtain protruding out the window. The rear is just a slab, but the curtain has detail, motion, nuance.

The colors look good on our calendar version.

Sometimes Hopper has his strong line elements converging on a figure. Here they seem to point mainly at the dark column between the windows on the left, and then -- because of the basic shape of the building -- there are more diagonals from center top down. The light from the ceiling coming out of the windows causes this two-way effect.

And I have to keep telling myself that the curtain isn't being blown by the woman's extremely powerful flatulence.

A surprising amount of the picture is given to mysterious dark foreground building. I guess this makes the lighted room look brighter.

Another way that the woman looks ugly is the ? colors that make up the slabs of couch, radiator, door frame -- sort of orange-red-beige, vs. the sort of neon-illuminated red at the far right.

It's as if he's constantly pointing out the mystery of the scenery or the drapery, and demystifying the woman's body.

For your filing needs -- a woman. For ecstasy, drapery blowing in the wind.

(I'm aware of previous remarks in this thread by DevilsAdvocate, who I find persuasive.)
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Old 3rd December 2017, 12:11 PM   #42
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The lines seem to converge on the point her head would be if we could see it. I wonder if the "erotic thing" is what her head might be doing at the point where those lines converge.

And the curtain is indeed blowing in the wind. I wonder if the word had the alternate meaning then that it does today.

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Old 3rd December 2017, 12:15 PM   #43
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Yeah, I didn't see that there is a convergance where her head would be! There are several sets of lines that converge. There are other Hoppers where it seems that the lines lead to a figure.
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And not only is the curtain blowing, it's in the shape of a woman bent over wearing a night gown. Did you see the edit in my previous post?

Edit again: So in case I'm not clear, the curtain is in the shape of a woman bent over in a night gown and blowing.

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