House by the Railroad
House by the Railroad
Automat
Automat
Ground Swell
Ground Swell
Gas
Gas
Nighthawks
Nighthawks
Office at Night
Office at Night
Sampler
Morning Sun
Morning Sun
Second Story Sunlight
Second Story Sunlight
The House by the Railroad (detail)
The House by the Railroad (detail)
Office at Night
Office at Night
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Key Works: Edward Hopper

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No one captured the isolation of the individual within the modern city like Edward Hopper. His imagery of figures within urban settings go well beyond their role as modern cityscapes, exposing the underbelly of the human experience. So while his oeuvre officially falls within the rubric of Realism, it offers a far more evocative look at life between the World Wars. Indeed, by providing a minimum of action, stripping away almost any sign of life or mobility, and adding dramatic means of representation with striking lighting schemes in claustrophobic spaces, Hopper suggests something of the psychological inner life of his subjects, leading the way towards Abstract Expressionism. He injected significance, and the weight of the individual’s existential being in the modern metropolis or in country life, into what otherwise might appear to be straight-forward images of everyday life. (The Art Story)

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House by the Railroad
House by the Railroad
Automat
Automat
Ground Swell
Ground Swell
Gas
Gas
Nighthawks
Nighthawks
Office at Night
Office at Night
Sampler
Morning Sun
Morning Sun
Second Story Sunlight
Second Story Sunlight
The House by the Railroad (detail)
The House by the Railroad (detail)
Office at Night
Office at Night