Compartment C, Car 293 (1938) by Edward Hopper

Compartment C, Car 293 - Edward Hopper - 1938

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TitleCompartment C, Car 293
ArtistEdward Hopper
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions20 x 18 in.
Current LocationIbm Corporation, Armonk, New York

About Compartment C, Car 293

Edward Hopper’s Compartment C Car 293, a small oil on canvas painting, depicts a solitary woman in a train compartment. Created in 1938, the painting is part of Hopper’s “Window” series and demonstrates his love for portraying modern life and travel. The painting belongs to IBM Corporation’s art collection in Armonk, New York.

The painting portrays a sense of unease and disquiet due to the dark and foreboding exterior that threatens to infringe on the comfort of the train carriage. The woman in the painting appears absorbed in her book but also shifts her gaze between the carriage and the view outside. Her posture suggests a desire for privacy while enjoying her journey.

Hopper’s use of an analogous color scheme adds to the melancholic tone of Compartment C Car 293. The limited color palette consists mainly of dark blues, grays, and greens with subtle variations that highlight different areas within the composition. Overall, this artwork showcases Hopper’s masterful ability to capture moments of introspection within everyday settings.

Additional information about Edward Hopper includes his reputation as one of America’s foremost realist painters who captured life during his time through stark realism rather than idealism or abstraction. His work often features solitary figures within architectural spaces or landscapes that evoke dramatic contrasts between light and shadow.

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