s the winter of 1930 gripped New York City – both its environs and its ravaged financial district
– Edward Hopper basked in the glow of his pot-belly stove and the news that the Museum of
“The term ‘life’ as used in art is something not to be held
Modern Art had acquired his House by the Railroad (p.103) as its first piece in the museum’s
in contempt, for it applies all of its existence, and the
permanent collection. The future rested on his easel in the form of another wide canvas, this one a row of Seventh Avenue shops – its original title – painted in low sunrise light and barren of any shoppers or
province of art is to react to it and not to shun it. Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature’s phenomena before it can again be great.”
residents of the upstairs apartments. Titled Early Sunday Morning (pp.174-175), a figure once resided in
— Edward Hopper
a window (like in his painting From Williamsburg Bridge), but he later painted it out. It is a thinly-painted oil with only a dab of flake white on the barber’s pole globe for relief. The painting was purchased by the Whitney Museum of Art for $3,000 and became one of his signature works of art.
You can reach Google’s alternative search services several ways.
From the home page, click one of the links above the search box. Or, on the home page, click
More to get the page of service options shown here. You can also run a regular search and then, from your results page, have Google run the same search in a different service by clicking the appropriate link above the search box. Finally, the Google toolbar (Chapter 6) has buttons for each of the search services.
Google’s primary search looks for text on the Web matching your keywords. But
Google also lets you search through a bank of billions of images on the Web.
Because most pictures have keywords associated with them, you can type in text to find them. (To figure out what a picture contains, Google reads the text on the page around it, the caption if there is one, and other variables, producing surprisingly accurate results.)
The Image Search is terrifically useful when you want to find drawings or photos for use on your Web site, or for inspiration or imitation in your own artwork. It’s even a good way to find things like desktop icons, maps, and posters. It can help you figure out if that familiar looking guy on the Stairmaster next to you at the gym was actually Benicio del Toro, and it can show you instantly what a Smart Car looks like. It can also be handy if you’re a collector: The objects you’re interested in may well be featured in pictures on Web pages. Figure 3-2 shows how image searching works.