Écluse de la Monnaie (1909) by Edward Hopper

Écluse de la Monnaie - Edward Hopper - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleÉcluse de la Monnaie
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions17.6 x 21 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, US

About Écluse de la Monnaie

The artwork titled “Écluse de la Monnaie” is an oil on canvas painting created by Edward Hopper in 1909. As part of the New Realism art movement, this cityscape measures 17.6 x 21 cm and is housed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, NY, US. The piece reflects Hopper’s interest in everyday urban scenes and is characteristic of his early work before he developed his more widely recognized style.

The painting itself depicts a tranquil urban scene centered on a lock (écluse) on a river or canal. The perspective is looking out over the water towards a series of buildings and a bridge that spans across the frame. The brushwork is relatively loose, providing a softness to the architectural forms and the reflections on the water’s surface. Hues of beige, white, and brown dominate the color palette, suggesting a scene lit by natural daylight. Subtle details, such as the small figures near the bridge and moored boats, enliven the composition, adding a touch of liveliness to an otherwise serene cityscape. The artwork captures a specific moment in time with an understated yet evocative atmosphere, a testament to Hopper’s observational prowess and his ability to render the mood of a place.

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