Gloucester Harbor (1912) by Edward Hopper

Gloucester Harbor - Edward Hopper - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleGloucester Harbor
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions20 x 24.9 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Gloucester Harbor

The artwork “Gloucester Harbor” was created by Edward Hopper in 1912. It is an oil on canvas, measuring 20 by 24.9 centimeters, depicting a cityscape. As a work of New Realism, this piece reflects a precise and truthful representation of everyday scenes. Currently, it is held in a private collection, indicating that this piece is not on public display.

In this artwork, Hopper captures a scene from Gloucester Harbor, presenting a quiet view of waterfront buildings and moored sailboats. The perspective is from an elevated vantage point, looking down into the harbor. The foreground prominently features a house with a gambrel roof, shading into a pale yellow under the bright day, and a suggestion of a picket fence can be seen around it. Next to this building, one can observe smaller structures, possibly sheds that are also common in dockside areas.

Beyond the immediate buildings, the harbor is alive with white-sailed boats, hinting at a bustling port. The water reflects a tranquil blue, playing against the hulls and the masts of the boats. In the background, a tapestry of additional houses, each with its own distinct roofing and muted coloring, recedes into the horizon under a light sky. Subtle details, such as chimneys, windows, and the varied architectural features, contribute to the vivid sense of place and moment Hopper was known for capturing in his work. The brushwork is fluid yet precise, a typical hallmark of Hopper’s technique, distinguishing textures and materials with each stroke. This piece encapsulates a specific instance of American life, presenting the viewer with a snapshot of the maritime community during the early 20th century.

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