Edward Hopper Gets Company at the Window
|Edward Hopper Cats at the Window / © Deborah Julian|
Edward Hopper is a curious character. You get an uncertain range of ideas about him.
In her diary, she kept meticulous notes about his works in progress as well as their lifetime of battles, some of them physical.
Nighthawks is a good example. In this painting, Hopper anchors his view from the darkened street to a lunch counter in the middle of the night on an otherwise abandoned corner in New York City. The image has been popularly repurposed as Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
Cats, of course, are always naked, except for bizarre holiday rituals, and no window is incidental to a cat. For Edward Hopper’s Window with Cats, Deborah combines elements from several Hopper paintings, mixes them up and adds some of her own. Then, she introduces Billy and Sam, both of whom instantly do what cats do: they leap to the windowsills for a wistful, but secure, gaze out at the big, big world.