Jo In Wyoming (1946) by Edward Hopper

Jo In Wyoming - Edward Hopper - 1946

Artwork Information

TitleJo In Wyoming
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions50.8 x 35.43 cm
Art MovementSocial Realism

About Jo In Wyoming

The artwork titled “Jo In Wyoming” was crafted by the artist Edward Hopper in the year 1946. It is a watercolor on paper that exemplifies the genre painting style and is associated with the Social Realism art movement. The artwork measures 50.8 cm by 35.43 cm and captures an intimate, yet expansive moment in the depicted scene.

“Jo In Wyoming” is a vivid portrayal featuring a woman seated in the driver’s seat of a car, absorbed in the act of painting a mountainous landscape onto her canvas, presumably capturing the scenery of Wyoming. The car’s interior frames the composition, with a steering wheel on the left foreground and the car’s windows offering a glimpse of the tranquil outside world. The subject is depicted in the midst of artistic creation, her attention focused intently on her work. The brush in her hand suggests the immediacy of her interaction with the artwork she is creating.

The woman’s attire and hairstyle evoke the period of the mid-20th century, aligning with the date of the artwork. Notably, she is wearing a striped shirt with what appears to be a necklace, and her hair is styled in a practical fashion suitable for travel or outdoor activities. The partial view of the landscape through the car’s windows includes a clear sky, distanced mountains, and a flat terrain that extends to the horizon, delivering a sense of the broad, open spaces characteristic of the Wyoming landscape.

Edward Hopper’s use of light and shadow, as well as his characteristic muted color palette, create a sense of depth and dimension within the watercolor, which is characteristic of his work. This piece stands as a testament to Hopper’s ability to transform ordinary scenes into compelling subjects for contemplation, revealing the profound within the everyday.

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