Hotel Lobby (1943) by Edward Hopper

Hotel Lobby - Edward Hopper - 1943

Artwork Information

TitleHotel Lobby
ArtistEdward Hopper
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions103.5 x 82.55 cm
Art MovementSocial Realism
Current LocationIndianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), Indianapolis, IN, US
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About Hotel Lobby

Hotel Lobby is a noteworthy oil painting by Edward Hopper, an American realist painter who is renowned for his themes of urban life and alienation. The painting was completed in 1943 and features two women standing in the main lobby of a hotel. The subjects are mentally detached, staring off into different directions, which is a common theme in Hopper’s work.

Hopper spent much of his time staying in hotels and motels which influenced his art significantly. “Hotel Lobby” displays Hopper’s classical approach to themes of loneliness and the brief moments of human interaction. The artwork has become one of the most recognizable pieces from Hopper’s body of work, largely due to its ability to evoke feelings of isolation among viewers.

The piece is executed on canvas using oil paint and forms part of the permanent collection at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It measures approximately 101 x 155 cm (39 x 61 inches). Notably, “Hotel Lobby” became well-known as it represented a turning point for Edward Hopper when he started incorporating light sources more dynamically into his paintings.

Overall, “Hotel Lobby” exemplifies Edward Hoppers’ classical style while showcasing his masterful use composition as well as color which set him apart from many other artists during this time period..

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