Interior (Model Reading) (1925) by Edward Hopper

Interior (Model Reading) - Edward Hopper - 1925

Artwork Information

TitleInterior (Model Reading)
ArtistEdward Hopper
Art MovementNew Realism,American Realism
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

About Interior (Model Reading)

Edward Hopper’s “Interior (Model Reading)” is a distinguished piece from 1925, crafted in watercolor and gouache. This artwork belongs to the New Realism and American Realism movements, characterized by its figurative genre. It is presently housed within the reputable collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, located in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

The artwork portrays an intimate and quiet scene featuring a female model absorbed in reading. Positioned on a wooden chair with her back partially turned to the viewer, the model is depicted in a candid, unposed demeanor, which adds a touch of reality to the scene. Her physical form and the folds of her dress are rendered with delicate brushstrokes that suggest texture and dimensionality. The room’s interior is illuminated with natural light that enters from beyond the visible space, casting gentle shadows and providing a sense of warmth.

In the background, a dresser with a large mirror anchors the composition, reflecting the model’s profile and further contributing to the depth of the scene. The rich wooden tones of the furniture contrast with the lighter shades of the walls and the model’s attire. Elements such as the red object on the dresser, possibly a candle, give a pop of color, adding vibrancy to the overall muted color palette. The peacefulness and solitariness of the moment are palpable, invoking a reflective mood that is emblematic of Hopper’s style. The juxtaposition of exterior light and the interior setting create a scene that is both tranquil and isolating, a characteristic feature of Hopper’s exploration of modern American life.

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