In 2013 art critic Jonathan Jones wrote, "Vettriano fixes on fetishistic, stylish objects and paints them with a slick, empty panache" (But then Jonathan thinks that Tracey Emin can draw). On 21 April 2004, the original canvas of 'The Singing Butler' sold at auction for £744,500, after it had been rejected in 1992 by the Royal Academy summer exhibition.
Edward Hopper at the Whitney: In-Depth Study of the Artist
This is probably my favourite Hopper painting. It could be a still from a film. What is the woman thinking? What has just happened? What is going to happen. The red curtains and the stairs beyond are ominous.