The theme of solitude is represented throughout the exhibit. Solitude is a lost art within itself in the idea of connectedness with one’s self. Solitude has multiple themes within itself and many people can relate to the theme with their own interpretation. It can represent the idea of loneliness, zen, serenity, oneness, nature, and isolation. Solitude can be perceived as something negative or something positive. No matter what, it is guaranteed to evoke an emotion and these pieces in the gallery hit multiple levels of solitude. The gallery starts out with an obvious interpretation and then continues to become a bit more complex and requires a bit more thought. The composition isn't the only that sets the mood. It is also the use of color, shadow, and texture or lack there of a composition.
Edward Hopper, Nighthawks 1942 This painting ultimately represent solitude. The people sitting in the dinner set the whole scene. They are there but aren't interacting. The man whose back to us leaves us wondering who he is and why he is there alone. It's an ominous scene and enhanced by the dramatic lighting. The contrast draws your eye to the painting even more. The vast composition creates a large sense of solitude. This piece is the perfect painting to open a gallery. http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/the-art-institute-of-chicago/level/second-level/805195/gallery-262/413210/
Seated Woman with a Parasol: George Seurat, 1884 Seurat's profile of the seated woman is stunningly ominous. The hazy style he used created the perfect sense of solitude. The lack of an identity and ****** features also contributes to the ominous feeling. He created a stunning composition playing with both the positive and negative space. The way he placed the figure creates an engaging negative space as well.
Waterloo Bridge: Claude Monet, 1903 Similar to Suerat's painting, Monet creates a haziness over the whole painting. This haziness also creates a sense of solitude and wonder. A wonder where this place is, who the figures are below. The biggest part of the painting would be its color. The cool blues and purples add the perfect amount of calmness to the whole painting. This painting, unlike that of Seruat's, sets the tone for itself. It has a gloomy feeling not only because of the color choice but also because of the hazy scene that is created.
Camille Pissarro: Autumn, Poplars, Eragny, 1894 Serenity can be described as many things and this painting describes it as serenity. The overall calmness of the warm hues which contrast nicely with Monet's painting, create a beautiful scene. Pissarro's light brush work adds to the sense of serenity and solitude.
Study of a Male Head: Santiago Rusinol, 1880-85 This picture may seem to be a weird ending to this collection, but I think it fits perfectly. It makes you think. The emptiness of the composition creates a sense of solitude within itself. The man's empty face creates a sense of wonder. It is a bit more of a stretch when it comes to the theme but it adds a bit of complexity to the overall gallery. http://www.googleartproject.com/galleries/31257032/32230054/31977133/details/