Bridge on the Seine (1909) by Edward Hopper

Bridge on the Seine - Edward Hopper - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleBridge on the Seine
ArtistEdward Hopper
Date1909
Dimensions46 x 48 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
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About Bridge on the Seine

The artwork titled “Bridge on the Seine,” created by Edward Hopper in 1909, represents a significant contribution to the art movement known as New Realism. Measuring 46 x 48 cm, this cityscape captures a moment of urban life with a focus on the architecture and flow of the city, typical of Hopper’s early works which often explored the theme of modern urban space.

The artwork reveals a scene of a bridge traversing the Seine River, undoubtedly an everyday sight within the Parisian landscape. On the left, the bridge stretches out with its sturdy arches, hinting at the solid engineering and stonework typical of the era. The composition is constructed with a perspective that draws the viewer’s eye across the bridge, and towards the buildings that rise in the background.

The color palette employed by Hopper is filled with natural, earthy tones, and the brushwork suggests the activity and vibrancy of the surrounding area without succumbing to an overabundance of detail. The use of light and shadow captures the subtleties of the time of day, perhaps early morning or late afternoon when the sun casts longer shadows. Trees and foliage are suggested with dabbed strokes of paint, implying movement in the breeze and adding a touch of natural life to the otherwise urban setting.

The sky above is painted in a manner that reflects the transient nature of clouds, with broad, confident strokes that give way to the suggestion of a clear, vast expanse. In keeping with Hopper’s style, there’s a sense of quietness or solitude about the scene, as if observing a moment of stillness in the usually busy life of the city. Despite the absence of human figures, the presence of humanity is implied through the existence of the manmade structures and the careful curation of the environment depicted.

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