The selected works explore different ways that artists have incorporated the theme or image of light into their practice. Included are a photograph and four paintings: two mediums whose relationship with light is essential. When discussing these works take note of where light is seen and how it affects the viewer's perception of the place that is depicted. Also consider the effect of the absence of light in some of the works.
René Magritte. The Empire of Light, II. 1950
Jacob August Riis. Bandits' Roost, 59 1/2 Mulberry Street. 1888
Jacob Lawrence. Street Shadows. 1959
Paul Cézanne. L'Estaque. 1879–83
Edward Hopper. New York Movie. 1939
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