Chop Suey (painting)

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Chop Suey
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Artist Edward Hopper
Year 1929
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 81.3 cm × 96.5 cm (32 in × 38 in)
Location Collection of Barney A. Ebsworth

Chop Suey (1929) is a painting by Edward Hopper which portrays two women in conversation at a restaurant. According to art scholar David Anfam, one "striking detail of Chop Suey is that its female subject faces her doppelgänger." [1] Others have pointed out it would not be so unusual for two women to be wearing similar hats, and that it is presumptuous to claim doppelgängers when one subject's face is not visible to the viewer.[2] The painting has an interior subject matter, being inside of a cafe, and does not focus on any one given figure. As with many of Hopper's works, the painting features close attention to the effects of light on his subjects.

A similar painting, Composition I, was completed by Mark Rothko in 1931. A bumper played on the cable channel Turner Classic Movies, titled The Sunny Side of Life, was inspired by Chop Suey and other Hopper paintings.

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  1. ^ Anfam, David: "Edward Hopper.", page 39. Tate Publishing, 2004.
  2. ^ Berman, Avis: "Hopper."

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