Sunday, March 22, 2020

Prescient Art Quiz

Art Quiz?

Who was the most noted and prescient painter,
who lived from 1882-1967, 
for the year 2020?

prescient (PREH-she-ant) - adjective,
human anticipation of the course of events, foresight.

Study with notes for Morning Sun

Morning Sun
Oil on canvas, 40" x 28" (w x h), 1952
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

Study for South Carolina Morning
The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

South Carolina Morning
Oil on canvas, 40" x 30" (w x h), 1955
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

In the spring of 1929, the artist and his wife visited Charleston, South Carolina. He produced eleven paintings, mostly architectural and beach scenes. Their trip occurred during a period of artistic revitalization in the city known as the Charleston Renaissance. They stayed for three weeks and met with the local artists and citizens. While there, the artist visited St. John's Lutheran Church, possibly at the suggestion of the owner of the boardinghouse where they stayed. It became the subject of his only known painting of a church interior. The artist was also interested in the city's unique houses, with their unusual sideways positioning. He and his wife explored the Low country and visited the surrounding, rural areas where he painted isolated cabins and palmetto trees along the coast. During their trip to the surrounding countryside, they encountered a woman who stood in front of her cabin but retreated indoors when her husband came home. Many years later, the artist revisited this chance meeting in the painting South Carolina Morning. It's the only painting in his works that depicts an African American woman.

Notebook Sketch for Office in a Small City
Office in a Small City
Oil on canvas, 40" x 28" (w x h), 1953
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Begun in Cape Cod over the summer
and finished in New York City, it was the
only oil painting the artist produced that year.


Study for City Sunlight


City Sunlight
Oil on canvas, 40" x 28" (w x h), 1954
Smithsonian Institution,
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.


Study for Cape Cod Morning
Conté crayon, 1950


Cape Cod Morning
Oil on canvas, 40" x 34", 1950
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Answer: Edward Hopper

Hopper's timeless art, coronavirus stay at home quarantine in 2020, how did he know? The art of prescience.

Read the article, How artist Edward Hopper became the poster boy of quarantine culture, by Lydia Figues at dazeddigital HERE.


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