New York Office (1962) by Edward Hopper

New York Office - Edward Hopper - 1962

Artwork Information

TitleNew York Office
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions101.6 x 139.7 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationMontgomery Musuem of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL, US

About New York Office

The artwork titled “New York Office” was painted by Edward Hopper in 1962 and is an exquisite example of New Realism. It is an oil on canvas piece with dimensions of 101.6 cm by 139.7 cm. This cityscape belongs to Hopper’s ‘Window’ paintings series and is currently housed in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Alabama, United States.

In the artwork, one observes a stark urban setting, characterized by the juxtaposition of interior and exterior spaces. A woman is the focal point, seated at a desk, engrossed in her work, illuminated by the light that pours in from the open window. The surrounding environment is composed of architectural elements, such as the strong verticals and horizontals of the building’s façade, which frame the office scene and accentuate the sense of isolation and stillness.

The cool and warm tones within the composition create a balanced yet contrasting atmosphere, heightened by the play of light and shadow. The interior space, with its limited yet significant detail, and the presence of the woman suggest a narrative about the private lives contained within the urban landscape. The painting’s serene ambiance and Hopper’s characteristic exploration of solitude in the American experience are evident, inviting contemplation on the nature of work, loneliness, and the passage of time in the modern city.

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