East Side Interior (1922) by Edward Hopper

East Side Interior - Edward Hopper - 1922

Artwork Information

TitleEast Side Interior
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions20 x 24.9 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, US

About East Side Interior

“East Side Interior,” an etching by Edward Hopper created in 1922, is an exemplar of the New Realism art movement. The artwork measures 20 x 24.9 cm and is classified as a genre painting, specifically part of the ‘Window’ paintings series by Hopper. It currently resides at the Whitney Museum of American Art located in New York City, New York, in the United States.

The artwork portrays an intimate, domestic scene. A woman dressed in period attire is seated next to a window through which light streams, accentuating the contrast between the interior darkness and the daylight outside. This interplay of light and shadow is a quintessential aspect of Hopper’s style, suggesting a narrative beyond the frame. The meticulous etching technique shows Hopper’s attention to details of texture and domestic environment. The viewer is drawn to the solitary figure, who appears absorbed in thought, overlooking the street. The urban setting outside the window, though barely discernible, hints at the bustling life of the East Side, in contrast with the quiet interiority of the room. The intricate details of the room’s furnishings and the woman’s contemplative pose all coalesce into a moment suspended in time, typical of Hopper’s exploration of solitude and isolation within urban life.

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