House Tops (1921) by Edward Hopper

House Tops - Edward Hopper - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleHouse Tops
ArtistEdward Hopper
Art MovementNew Realism

About House Tops

The artwork “House Tops” is a creation by the distinguished American artist Edward Hopper, dated to the year 1921. Being a part of the genre painting tradition, this piece aligns with the New Realism movement and is included in Hopper’s notable ‘Window’ paintings series. The genre to which it belongs typically depicts scenes of everyday life, offering a snapshot of the quotidian affairs of individuals, often in a candid and straightforward manner.

“House Tops” exemplifies Hopper’s ability to capture the essence of urban landscapes and the solitary human experience within them. The artwork presents a viewpoint from inside a train car, looking out through large windows onto a city’s distant rooftops. Inside the car, a single passenger, whose profile is visible, appears to be gazing contemplatively at the view beyond. The figure’s reflection is also visible on the glass, reinforcing a sense of introspection and solitude. In the foreground, the interior details of the train are depicted, including the bench seating and overhead storage, adding to the authenticity of the setting. It’s the masterful interplay of light and shadow that breathes life into the composition, hallmark traits of Hopper’s work that contribute to the feeling of stillness and the transient narratives he often insinuates.

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