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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Spotlight - Art that inspired film makers

This month’s Spotlight, as well as illuminating fine art, shines also on cinematic directors, set designers and actors.
Does this house look familiar?
It is ‘House By The Railroad’ by American painter Edward Hopper.
It is also, by proxy, the house in Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘Psycho’.
Hopper is most famed for the iconic bar painting ‘Nighthawks’, with its atmosphere of distance between the characters, the air of solitary non-connection.
The ‘House By The Railroad’ is similar – it stands alone on a plain, looking somewhat desolate as though it has had time to brood.  It is this personality expressed within the painting which inspired Hitchcock in the design of the “Bates Motel” in the film – which is indeed rather like the isolation expressed through the film’s main character.  The house, like the film’s protagonist Norman Bates, seems to have spent much time apart from the moderating influence of civilisation, and left to reach its own ideas of how to think and behave.
This theme of being solitary, and unsharing of thought, is manifest in most of Hopper’s paintings.  Here is ‘Hotel By A Railroad’.  Does it remind you of another Hitchcock film?
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