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Completion Date: 1929

Style: Social Realism

Genre: genre painting

Technique: oil

Material: canvas

Dimensions: 96.5 x 81 cm

Gallery: Private Collection

Tags: furniture-and-decoration, cafes-and-restaurants

According to art scholar David Anfam, one "striking detail of Chop Suey is that its female subject faces her doppelgänger." Others have pointed out it would not be so unusual for two women to be wearing similar hats, and that it is presumptuous to claim doppelgängers when one subject's face is not visible to the viewer. The painting has an interior subject matter, being inside of a cafe, and does not focus on any one given figure. As with many of Hopper's works, the painting features close attention to the effects of light on his subjects.

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