Two Comedians (1965) by Edward Hopper

Two Comedians - Edward Hopper - 1965

Artwork Information

TitleTwo Comedians
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions73.7 x 101.6 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Two Comedians

The artwork “Two Comedians” is a captivating oil on canvas created by Edward Hopper in 1965. As an emblematic piece of New Realism, this genre painting measures 73.7 by 101.6 centimeters and belongs to a private collection. The particular scene depicted in the artwork presents a pair of figures on stage, each adorned in white, which is indicative of a theatrical performance that suggests a comedic element, as stated within the title.

The figures are holding hands, standing close to the edge of the stage which is depicted with great simplicity. The background is dark, serving as a sharp contrast to their bright attire and highlighting their presence. Their costumes feature ruffs around their necks, reminiscent of the attire worn during performances in historical times, giving the painting a timeless quality. The stage itself is sparse with no indication of a particular setting, which directs the viewer’s focus to the two central figures. The figures appear to bow or take a curtain call, which implies a sense of finality, as is often seen at the end of a performance. Their faces are not distinctly detailed, yet they convey a solemnity that balances the title’s suggestion of comedy. The artwork encapsulates a moment of pause and reflection, characteristic of Hopper’s elegant exploration of quietude and the human condition.

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