1929, Oil On Canvas

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WHY MODERN?

The following art called “Chop Suey” by Edward Hopper depicts two crucial elements of Modernism: presenting the thoughts of a character in a nonlinear fashion and portraying a sense of loneliness and alienation. There are well-dressed women who are in a restaurant. One of the women is wearing a heavy make-up, while the another is facing away from the drawer and audiences’ perspective. Hopper intentionally drew certain parts of the art to present the thoughts of the characters in a nonlinear fashion. People can safely assume that the time period is around 1920s by looking at women wearing hats that were motived from pilot hats from First World War. Women during this time period sometimes ignored social norm and pursued what they truly desired. To be specific, the woman who is facing the painter is wearing a heavy makeup. Also, the sign outside the window has LED or electric lighting on it that added vividness to the American community during the 1920s. Audiences only can see “SUE,” and Hopper makes the audiences to realize that it is saying “CHOP SUEY.” These two aspects strongly suggest the idea of freedom and genuine emotions of not only women but also American community. Furthermore, Hopper intentionally makes one of the women’s face not smile in order to portray a sense of loneliness and alienation. The 1920s is sometimes called as the Roaring 20s. However, since America just experienced World War I that resulted in an enormous number of casualties and psychological damage, the citizens realized how terrible modern wars and weapons are. As mentioned above, Hopper portrays characters in a nonlinear fashion by providing fragmentary elements and evokes loneliness and alienation by depicting women not cheerful.

Source: https://www.edwardhopper.net/chop-suey.jsp

 

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