Le Pont Royal (1909) by Edward Hopper

Le Pont Royal - Edward Hopper - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleLe Pont Royal
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions17.5 x 20.8 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, US

About Le Pont Royal

“Le Pont Royal” is an artwork by Edward Hopper created in 1909. Crafted using oil on canvas, it is a cityscape that measures 17.5 by 20.8 centimeters. The piece is attributed to the New Realism art movement and currently resides within the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, which is located in New York City, NY, United States.

The artwork depicts a serene city view, showcasing the Pont Royal bridge in a soft and delicate light. Reflective of Edward Hopper’s New Realism style, the painting captures a realistic moment in urban life with a keen attention to the effects of light and shadow. The structures and bridge are rendered with a certain clarity and architectural precision, while the human figures and carriages on the bridge add to the liveliness of the urban scene. The artist’s palette here is predominantly composed of muted tones that emphasize the tranquility and stillness of the cityscape. This is contrasted by the gentle rendering of the water below the bridge, adding a sense of movement and life to the scene. Hopper’s skillful handling of light and color creates a composition that is both a detailed snapshot of urban architecture and a contemplative piece that invites viewers to reflect on the subtle interplay of daily life and the built environment.

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