Analysis; Excursion into Philosophy

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Analysis; Excursion into Philosophy

“Excursion into Philosophy” is an impressive and attracting art by Edward Hopper published in the year 1995. It consists of a man sitting on a bed beside a woman who is sleeping on the same bed, and it is like they have a relationship in a way or another. The man seems to be in deep thoughts gazing at the spot of light on the floor coming from the bright sunlight through the window. There is isolation between the man and the sleeping woman to a great extent depicting the everyday issues that are perceived to be psychological and complex looking at how a gentleman is perplexed. According to the appearance of the room being clean and free from personal effects where only a book can be seen on the bed suggests that this is a boarding room and not their existing house. Edward Hopper’s work is inspiring as he effectively applies the image color, line, composition, style, and line among others relevant aspects to portray the art to the audience. The use of on-point emphasis, proper proportion, and variety as well as balanced composition in “Excursion into Philosophy” portrays the accord and focus of the image enabling the author to efficiently depict an illumination of the modern way of livelihood, in a mystified and psychosomatic way.

In the Edward Hopper’s artwork, the visual elements, as well as the principles of the designs, are significantly used leading to an overall informative and excellent image. The proper coordination of the author’s skills and knowledge seems to act as the author’s primary drive in interpreting the real life through image drawing. Carrying out the image analysis, the visual elements and deigns principles evident in “Excursion into Philosophy” image are elaborated in a profound extent. To begin with, are the formal elements depicted in the picture which include, line, color, value, texture, form, space and shape as they are fundamental in determining the quality of the artwork. Lines are essential tools in the art which are to a great extent expressive, and in this image, Hopper has significantly employed them to convey its movement and mood. The lines in “Excursion into Philosophy” are thick, horizontal and vertical. The lines define the form edges, and they enable one to look around the image composition. Through the lines’ direction and character, there is effective communication of the information conveyed by the image.

The author uses a variety of colors such as white, gray, black and dark blue to adequately distinguish the objects within the image. For example, the man, woman and the bed which is the primary objects are painted in unlike colors so that they can be distinguished from the background color. These colors have dark value as well as dull intensity distinguishing between the primary and secondary colors. They also illustrate the unveiling and fair conditions depicted on the art. The used colors can be described as cool providing conducive conditions to relax and meditate. In the art, the author has made appropriate use of light and shades which give the picture a good outlook. The shape of the art is flat, that frame is a rectangular shape, and the whole background which has a viewpoint of a room takes a cubic shape.

The image takes a three-dimensional form where the objects have the lengths, widths, and depths. The form makes it easy to identify and distinguish all the objects in the picture as one can comfortably see the bed, man and the sleeping lady among other features without straggling. Hopper made appropriate use of space as the positive and negative space as considerably proportional in the art making it attractive and not vulnerable to isolation. The three-dimensional space has been excellently achieved by Hopper in his painting “Excursion into Philosophy” making it perfect and real to an extent. Space has been defined by the incorporated objects’ shapes and forms. The texture portrayed by the lines, color, and shading of the image is hard and rough. The actual texture used by the artist in the three-dimensional artwork dramatically signifies his skills in showing it visually in the painting as well as the quality of work which is high.

On the other hand, are the principles of design which describe various ways in which Edward Hopper applies the elements of art in “Excursion into Philosophy” painting. These principles include balance, movement, emphasis, proportion, pattern, rhythm, variety and unity. The distribution of the image regarding the color, texture, space and the visual weight is balanced giving the art a stable design. The art objects take the symmetry balance as the same elements can be seen in both the side of the composition. Rhythm has been appropriate shown in the artwork where some features are repeated in an organized but no uniformity portrayed. In the image it relevant when it comes to the lines drawn as well as the lights and shades which helps to develop consistency. The emphasis being the focal point of the artwork that is dominant and attracts the viewer’s attention is significantly applied in Hooper’s art. For instance, the central place on the image appears to be the point where the man and woman are sited on a bed, and the author creates emphasis through contrast.

Hopper correctly movement in his through elements such as lines and shapes which plays the significant role of moving the viewer’s eyes within and all around the image. They profoundly help in differentiating the objects in the art thus demonstrates different perspectives and information regarding the painting. The pattern in the artwork “Excursion into Philosophy” is brought along by the author’s action of repeating various symbols such as the patch of sunlight. The patter principal is not prevalent in this particular Hopper’s artwork. Furthermore, the artist perfectly applies the proportional design principle. It enables the objects to have unity regarding the size, numbers, and amounts of the related elements. For example, in consideration of the man and the sleeping lady in the “Excursion into Philosophy” painting, they both have heads, hands, and legs which are proportional to the body. Proportionality is vital in artwork as apart from attracting the viewers, the information portrayed will be taken on a serious note as everyone will have a notion that a perfect artist knows what he is doing and what is right for the audience.

Edward in his artwork “Excursion into Philosophy” has excellently applied the use of the visual elements as well as the principles of designs in establishing his art. Its point of emphasis, proportion, and composition balance are useful in illuminating the mood and information being passed by the artist making his work unique. The proper use of elements such as lines, space, shape, color, and form brings contrast within the image making it impressive as well as more comfortable for the viewers to understand its content. Regarding the Hopper’s artwork, there is a connection between the real world and the trending issues that people face in their day to day live showing that artwork can also be used as a form of communication an efficient tool of keeping track the history of a nation and the world as a whole.