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Seeing the city through Edward Hopper's eyes

The American painter Edward Hopper is most often seen as an expressive master of mood, in particular the feelings of alienation that individuals often face in large urban areas. But when I had the opportunity to view a major exhibit of his work at the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, it became clear that as an artist Hopper was intrigued more by the play of light and shadow than by any narrative people might read into his paintings. I left this show hungry to see the city, in this case Washington, DC, through Edward Hopper's light-sensitive eyes. The following photographs are fragments of what I saw.