American Village (1912) by Edward Hopper

American Village - Edward Hopper - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleAmerican Village
ArtistEdward Hopper
Date1912
Mediumoil,canvas
Dimensions66.04 x 96.52 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, US
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About American Village

The artwork “American Village” by Edward Hopper, created in 1912, is a cityscape that captures a slice of American life from the early 20th century. Rendered in oil on canvas, the dimensions of the piece measure approximately 66.04 cm by 96.52 cm. This painting can be classified under the New Realism movement and is part of the collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, located in New York City, NY, US.

Upon examination of the artwork, one observes a somewhat aerial perspective of an urban scene, suggestive of a small town in the United States. Shades of muted color create a tranquil atmosphere, reflecting the artist’s penchant for portraying everyday life with an air of quiet isolation. Architectural details of the buildings align with the era’s building styles, featuring pitched roofs and brick facades. The composition directs attention towards the bend in the village road, leading the viewer’s eye into the implied depth of the scene.

Various elements contribute to the artwork’s narrative: the presence of vintage automobiles lends a sense of motion and era-appropriateness, while individual figures appear diminutive against the backdrop of structures and streets. This relational scale emphasizes the vastness of the constructed environment in contrast to human presence. Additionally, the absence of vibrant colors and the blending of figures into the environment generates a sense of uniformity and ordinariness, key characteristics of New Realism’s focus on the realistic depiction of subjects.

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