If anyone was previously unaware that I’m a huge sucker for sunsets, let this be the official announcement. Artistically, however, it does seem like something of a cop out to paint a sunset – it’s easy to end up with a beautiful painting when you’re translating nature’s most colorful event. Edward Hopper takes it to the next level though, with this masterpiece. You’ve got all the requisite colors, flowing perfectly into each other, but you also have the lonely railroad outpost, dusty and forgotten, yet savoring this magnificent sunset all the same. The piece speaks to a lost time, when crossing the country meant spending hours on a train, rambling from lonely outpost to lonely outpost, with nothing but the sunset to liven up the vast, flat landscape.
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