Blackhead, Monhegan is an oil painting on wood canvas by Edward Hopper, completed during his artistic period on Monhegan Island between 1916 and 1919. The artwork measures 9 3/8 x 13 inches and is currently housed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
Hopper was known for his realist style, evident in Blackhead, Monhegan. The painting depicts a rocky coastline with a lighthouse at the far end and waves crashing against the rocks. The composition’s lighting casts shadows that create depth and bring attention to the contrast between light and dark tones.
The Blackhead painting showcases Hopper’s fascination with light and shadow as well as his expertise in handling blue color tones. It also represents how he drew inspiration from everyday life events such as spending time near natural landscapes.
Overall, Blackhead demonstrates Hopper’s skills as an artist who can interpret everyday landscape scenes into compelling pieces of art through detailed brushstrokes which capture textures like those on the rocky cliffs present here to provide realistic effects of movement like those experienced by visitors at Blackhead Maine Lighthouse in reality.