Eric Fischl, Time for Bed, 1980

In this sexually charged image, Fischl plays with narrative; what exactly is going on in this painting? Although it is set in an upper class home, the contrast of the downcast children with the boozy parents creates a social tension in the painting, and the viewer feels like a voyeur when looking at the scene. Like a Hopper painting taken to the extreme, Fischl’s suburban scenes create a sense of unease and alienation in the viewer.

 

Posted on December 6 2012, with 135 Notes

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