The Barber Shop (1931). Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967). Oil on canvas. Neuberger Museum of Art.
This is the largest work Hopper ever created. As was his wont, Hopper paints a moment frozen in time – the interior of a barber shop in which a brilliant shaft of light illuminates a manicurist reading a magazine and a barber as he tends to his customer. A complex and dramatic composition, Hopper conveys the isolation and disconnection between the figures, and captures the experience of human isolation in the modern city.