Edward Hopper – Chop Suey

I’ve had this gorgeous Galison puzzle in my to do collection for a while. I think I picked it up at the thrift store a couple of years ago. I love the painting so much, but I kept procrastinating because I was sure that it would be difficult.

I was mistaken, it was both easy and difficult! The great thing about a Galison puzzle, is the pieces fit perfectly, so if you’re trying a piece where it doesn’t belong, you know immediately. The lighter coloured sections went together easily and it was smooth sailing. Then I had a whole bunch of dark brown and almost black pieces. At that point I really slowed down.

Edward Hopper was known for his use of light, that’s what really drew me to this painting. The shading is gorgeous, plus it’s an era that love. The 1930s and 40s, the styles, and overall aesthetic of architecture, painting, advertising, you name it!

The second half of the puzzle was slow going, but I got there in the end and I was so delighted to see that the puzzle was complete. It’s so beautiful!

I read up a little on Edward Hopper, and apparently his wife was very possessive and insisted that she be his model if he was ever painting a woman’s face and form. I guess she didn’t want him using other women as inspiration. I wonder if this is what she looked like?

1000 pieces, complete and manufactured by Galison.

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