Edward Hopper’s haunting paintings recreate Modern city life in the sparest terms. He empties out all details that do not create the narrative he is after and what’s left in his composition have become archetypes. The film ‘Pennies from Heaven’ consciously quotes his painting scenes to mesmerising effect.
However, a little known photo ‘Girlie Show’ is why I’m listing Hopper. He created the painting after visiting a burlesque show, and restaged the entrance of the dancer with his wife. Thus, the painting is a composite of the memory of a theatrical encounter, and an homage to his wife with whom he had a complicated sexual relation.