House At Dusk (1935) by Edward Hopper

House At Dusk - Edward Hopper - 1935

Artwork Information

TitleHouse At Dusk
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions127 x 92.71 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, US

About House At Dusk

The artwork titled “House At Dusk” is a compelling creation by renowned artist Edward Hopper. Completed in 1935, this oil on canvas reflects the New Realism art movement. It captures the essence of a cityscape during the transient moments of twilight. With dimensions of 127 x 92.71 cm, the artwork offers a substantial visual narrative and is housed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA, United States.

“House At Dusk” portrays the exterior view of a stately urban residence at twilight. The interplay of light and shadow is a hallmark of Hopper’s style, creating a sense of solitude and introspection. The warm glow emanating from some of the windows contrasts starkly with the surrounding architecture’s cool, muted tones. This contrast illuminates the inhabitants’ presence within, suggesting narratives beyond the stillness of the building’s façade.

As dusk descends, the house’s classical details—such as the balustrade and cornices—are rendered crisply against the rapidly darkening sky. Below the horizon, a band of residual daylight gives way to approaching night. The juxtaposition of natural and artificial light sources and the blend of man-made structures with the encroaching darkness of the natural environment are explored with subtlety and depth. The artwork, through Hopper’s masterful use of color and composition, encapsulates a moment in time that is both fleeting and laden with potential, characteristic of the artist’s introspective exploration of modern American life.

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