House on the Shore (1924) by Edward Hopper

House on the Shore - Edward Hopper - 1924

Artwork Information

TitleHouse on the Shore
ArtistEdward Hopper
Art MovementNew Realism

About House on the Shore

The artwork titled “House on the Shore” was created by Edward Hopper in 1924. It is rendered in watercolor and exemplifies the New Realism movement. This cityscape portrays a distinctly American scene with a straightforward depiction of reality.

In the artwork, one observes a composition focused on the angular forms of wooden houses crowding near a shore. A central, weathered building stands prominent at right, with its sidewall illuminated, revealing textures and hints of decay. Nearby structures, hued in deep blues and shaded with skillful complexity, recede into the background, their shapes intersecting to create a layered depth. A lone figure is seated amidst the fragmented rocks and debris, dwarfed by the scale of the edifices and the environment. The scene is devoid of overt action, but it is imbued with a quiet tension, perhaps indicative of the isolation often found in Hopper’s works. Delicate use of light and shadow captures the starkness of the coastal environment, while the sparingly adorned utility pole and the house’s empty window frame further accentuate the desolation and the quietude of the place. Hopper’s masterful watercolor technique affords the scene a translucent quality that enhances its atmospheric effect, inviting introspection about the relationships between structures, people, and their environments.

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