Rocky Shore and Sea (c.1916 – c.1919) by Edward Hopper

Rocky Shore and Sea - Edward Hopper - c.1916 - c.1919

Artwork Information

TitleRocky Shore and Sea
ArtistEdward Hopper
Datec.1916 - c.1919
Mediumoil,wood
Dimensions30.3 x 41.1 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, US
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About Rocky Shore and Sea

Edward Hopper’s artwork “Rocky Shore and Sea,” created approximately between 1916 and 1919, embodies the essence of the Impressionist movement with its application of oil on wood as a medium. The artwork, with dimensions of 30.3 x 41.1 cm, is a landscape genre piece that is maintained within the esteemed collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, located in New York City, NY, US.

The artwork presents a captivating coastal scene characterized by the robust forms of a rocky shoreline. The composition highlights the contrast between the tranquil blue sea and the imposing presence of the craggy cliffs. Hopper’s brushwork imbues the scene with a sense of movement, as the varied strokes capture the shifting light and texture of the natural landscape. Earthy tones and shadowed crevices within the rocks are juxtaposed against bright highlights, where the sun touches the cliff’s edges and the grassy foreground. The sweeping motion of the waves gently crashing against the shore lends the artwork a rhythmic quality that is central to its impressionistic style. Overall, the painting serves not only as a visual delight but also as a testament to Hopper’s ability to encapsulate the fleeting moments of natural beauty through his work.

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