Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hopper's Chop Suey Sells for $91.9m

Edward Hopper's painting "Chop Suey" sold for $91.9 million at auction on Tuesday, an auction high for the artist.


scottT said...

It would be interesting to hear the rationale behind this composition. I haven't been able to make peace with the empty space on the right in particular. The sign which gives the painting its name is a great visual element, but I don't feel it has enough interest on its own to counterbalance the placement of the figures, or even the space below it. There are a lot of strong diagonal elements but they don't seem to point to anything of purpose. However, it is a Hopper, and has that tremendous sense of mood, silence, and melancholy.

Karl Kanner said...
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Karl Kanner said...

Couldn't edit my comment so I'll post again!
I think most of the diagonals point to (and make your eye run into) the foreground figures.
Despite the rich colors, I honestly think this particular painting is a bit lame compared to some of his other works (which I love). His name carries a lot of weight, though..