Prospect Street, Gloucester (1928) by Edward Hopper

Prospect Street, Gloucester - Edward Hopper - 1934

Artwork Information

TitleProspect Street, Gloucester
ArtistEdward Hopper
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions92.1 x 71.1 cm
Art MovementSocial Realism
Current LocationCincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, US

About Prospect Street, Gloucester

“Prospect Street, Gloucester,” a cityscape painted by Edward Hopper in 1934, epitomizes the Social Realism art movement. This piece is rendered in oil on canvas, measuring 92.1 by 71.1 cm. The artwork, which effectively captures the essence of everyday life during its era, can be found in the Cincinnati Art Museum, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

The artwork features a calm and quiet street scene devoid of the bustle typical of urban life. The composition is characterized by the clear, bright light of a sunny day, casting strong shadows that give depth to the forms and surfaces within the frame. Architecturally distinct houses line one side of Prospect Street, receding into the distance where the eye meets a church steeple punctuating the skyline. The application of paint is controlled yet expressive, typical of Hopper’s style, portraying the structures with nuanced shading and color variations. A solitary car parked at the side of the road hints at the presence of modern life, though no human figures are seen, evoking a sense of tranquil isolation. The artwork as a whole captures the beauty of the ordinary, revealing Hopper’s interest in the subtle narratives of American life.

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