Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Automat

Loneliness is a recurring theme in the paintings of American realist Edward Hopper (1882-1967). One of the best examples is the 1927 painting Automat, which depicts a lone woman staring into a cup of coffee in an Automat at night (an Automat is a fast food restaurant where simple foods and drink are served by coin-operated and bill-operated vending machines). A rather extensive and informative analysis of this work is given here. More on Hopper in the linked wikipedia article.