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Reasons to visit the Hopper exhibition at the Thyssen Bornemisza museum

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Hopper exhibition at the Thyssen Bornemisza museum in Madrid

From the outset, I recognize that until the arrival of the Hopper's exhibition at the Thyssen Bornemisza museum from Madrid I did not know the work of this prestigious American painter.

And that despite the fact that he himself Thyssen museum He has in his permanent collection the largest sample of his work in Europe.

But since its inauguration I had noted visiting it, although I was delaying my appointment with Hopper. Moreover, I had the opportunity to accompany my partner on his visit Angel Martínez Bermejo, but I declined that opportunity again.

And precisely after reading Angel's very original vision of the exhibition, it is when I have already written on the agenda: immediate visit.

My first reflection of the Hopper exhibition visit is that, once again, I have been able to verify that In summer in Madrid there is a great cultural activity.

I made the visit on the last Saturday of July, at the last minute, and the rooms that the Thyssen has dedicated to the exhibition were overflowing with visitors. In excess ... as it happened in the Antonio López's exhibition in the summer of 2011.


Edward Hopper's New York Room

Angel says that Hopper is a painter who likes people who love photography. I don't know if it is for this or for other reasons that I now list, so I consider it worthwhile visit the Hopper exhibition.

Edward Hopper it fits in the North American realism, and in fact participated in a first exhibition organized by Robert Henri in 1908 in New York. These painters rejected impressionism because it was considered artificial and alien to American culture.

But there is no doubt that Hopper is influenced by impressionism in the treatment of color. And I like that.

And I also like the possibility of seeing works done in watercolor, a technique in which Hopper was influenced by Manet and, above all, by Rembrandt.


Edward Hopper exhibition at the Thyssen Bornemisza museum in Madrid

In the Hopper exhibition You can see bright coastal landscapes and marine scenes, but also colorful scenes of everyday life, among which I want to highlight its striking rural gas stations.

These everyday scenes acquire a dark tone when they are set in the city, where the windows become great protagonists of Hopper's painting, either by characters who look outside, or because through them the painter enters the life of their characters, in their homes or in their offices.

Watching these urban scene paintings, of buildings in Manhattan or the peripheries of New York, city where he lived almost all his life, or its environments, is where you really appreciate Hopper's connection with American cinema. When you contemplate many of his works, he seems to be watching black movies.

In sum, a really recommended exhibition that you can visit until September 16.

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