The artwork, “Corn Hill”, is a laned view of Truro, Cape Cod by Edward Hopper painted in the year of 1930. The painting captures several rows of houses perched atop a hill and surrounded by a vast landscape filled with trees. Hopper chose an interesting perspective that reveals the beauty and vitality of his beloved coastal locale. Upon its initial reveal to the public, this piece received critical acclaim from both critics and the general public alike. It was at this point in Hopper’s career that he truly began to develop his iconic style, which can be seen in his use of light and shadow, as well as his focus on the everyday people and scenes from life, but with a certain level of drama and intensity.
Hopper’s work is reflective of the style most commonly found amongst painters during this era; however, it can also be compared to similar works by other famous artists such as The Fox Hunt (1893) by Winslow Homer which conveys a similar use of vibrant colors couched within an everyday scene. Both paintings indicate an earthy sentimentality that has driven viewers towards these works ever since they were first revealed to the world.