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

About Hotel Lobby

The artwork “Hotel Lobby,” created by Edward Hopper in 1943, is an oil on canvas associated with the Social Realism art movement. It is a genre painting with dimensions of 103.5 by 82.55 cm and is currently housed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.

The artwork presents a scene within a hotel lobby that conveys a sense of stillness and isolated introspection. Three figures dominate the composition: two women and one man. In the foreground, a blond woman is seated alone, absorbed in reading a book with her legs crossed, the light illuminating her figure and the wall behind her. She is positioned on a sofa that is perpendicular to the picture plane. On an adjacent sofa, another woman, attired in a red dress and black hat sits alongside a man, capturing a moment of conversation or perhaps quiet contemplation. The man stands with his hands clasped in front of him, suggesting a reserved demeanor. The room is characterized by sturdy architectural elements, including a significant wood-paneled reception desk, complete with ornamental details, reinforcing the formality of the space.

Additional details in the painting include a lushly framed painting hanging on the wall, a rug on the floor that adds a touch of color to the otherwise subdued palette, and a bell at the reception desk that suggests the functionality of the space. The use of perspective draws the viewer’s eye through the room, while the different lighting intensities create a play of light and shadow, enhancing the sense of depth and dimension. Through the careful arrangement of figures and use of light, Hopper imbues the scene with a mood of contemplation and quietude, inviting viewers to delve into the narrative and emotional undertones of the artwork.

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