Evening Wind (1921) by Edward Hopper

Evening Wind - Edward Hopper - 1921

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TitleEvening Wind
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions17.6 x 21 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Evening Wind

The artwork titled “Evening Wind” is an etching by the esteemed artist Edward Hopper, created in the year 1921. It is crafted in the medium of etching and is recognized as part of the New Realism art movement. The dimensions of the piece are relatively modest, measuring 17.6 by 21 centimeters. This work fits within the genres of nude painting (nu) and genre painting. Presently, it can be viewed at the British Museum in London, UK.

“Evening Wind” features a solitary female figure positioned on a bed with her focus directed towards an open window. The composition illustrates her kneeling at the edge of the bed with one arm braced against the mattress and her hair cascading down her back, yielding a sense of motion perhaps caused by the breeze entering the room. Hopper employs stark contrast between light and shadow to define the folds of the bed linens and the form of the figure, while the outside darkness sets against the interior scene highlighted by the window. The etching captures a private, contemplative moment, and the figure’s nude form suggests vulnerability and introspection. Her pose and the angle of her gaze outside the frame evoke a narrative of longing or contemplation beyond the confines of the room, while the evening wind itself seems to be an unseen character influencing the mood of the scene.

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