Five A.M. (1937) by Edward Hopper

Five A.M. - Edward Hopper - 1937

Artwork Information

TitleFive A.M.
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions51.12 x 91.76 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationWichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS, US

About Five A.M.

Edward Hopper’s artwork titled “Five A.M.” was created in 1937, utilizing oil on canvas. This piece, which belongs to the New Realism art movement, measures 51.12 by 91.76 cm. Renowned for capturing the essence of landscape, this particular work is housed at the Wichita Art Museum in Wichita, Kansas, United States.

The artwork depicts a serene landscape at the cusp of dawn. A dominant feature of the composition is a stout lighthouse with distinctive black and white stripes, capped by a yellow lantern room. It stands resolute on an outcrop amid a smooth, expansive body of water that reflects the morning light. In the background, a tranquil shoreline stretches across the canvas, punctuated by red roofed-buildings and a prominent smokestack that rises towards the subdued sky. The sky is rendered with a gentle warmth, suggesting the early hours of the morning. Hopper’s deft use of light imbues the scene with a sense of quiet and solitude, a characteristic theme in his exploration of American life and environment. The overall effect of the artwork is one of isolation and introspection, as is common in Hopper’s oeuvre, while also displaying his skillful manipulation of color and form to evoke a specific mood and time of day.

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