Freight Car at Truro (1931) by Edward Hopper

Freight Car at Truro - Edward Hopper - 1931

Artwork Information

TitleFreight Car at Truro
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions50.2 x 34.9 cm
Art MovementSocial Realism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Freight Car at Truro

The artwork “Freight Car at Truro,” created in 1931 by Edward Hopper, is a watercolor painting belonging to the Social Realism art movement. Its dimensions are 50.2 by 34.9 cm, and it classifies as a landscape painting. Currently, this piece is part of a private collection.

The artwork depicts a solitary freight car situated in a sparse, open landscape, likely capturing a scene from Truro. The central focus is the red freight car which exhibits clear signs of weathering, indicative of its exposure to the elements and its probable usage over time. The background is relatively minimalistic, with gentle, rolling hills that recede into the distance, providing a subtle contrast to the stark, industrial subject in the forefront. A telephone pole is observable to the right, introducing a vertical element that balances the horizontal lines of the railway tracks and the edges of the freight car. The use of light and shadow is evident, particularly on the car’s surface, which conveys a strong sense of daylight. Hopper’s characteristic play on isolation and tranquility is palpable, despite the inanimate nature of the primary subject. The colors are muted with a natural palette, yet both the shadows and the highlights retain a vibrancy typical of Hopper’s watercolor technique. Overall, the painting conveys a sense of quietness and reflection, themes often explored by the artist in his oeuvre.

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