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

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

Artwork Information

TitleRocky Shore
ArtistEdward Hopper
Datec.1916 - c.1919
Dimensions24 x 33 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, US
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About Rocky Shore

The artwork entitled “Rocky Shore” was crafted by the artist Edward Hopper between circa 1916 and 1919. It is a landscape painting that belongs to the Impressionism art movement and measures 24 by 33 centimeters. The piece is housed in the Whitney Museum of American Art, located in New York City, NY, within the United States.

“Rocky Shore” presents a coastal scene dominated by the rough, rugged textures of rocks sitting against the juxtaposition of the serene sea. In the foreground, the dynamic and energetic brushwork captures the rocky terrain and the frothy waves crashing upon the shore. A dark, prominent rock formation occupies the left side of the composition, leading the eye towards the horizon, which is subtly outlined against the lighter blue sky. Hopper uses a palette that reflects the natural world with realistic earth tones accented by vibrant hues of blue and white, implying the vivid glare of sunlight on water. The painting exudes a certain placidity and timelessness, which allows the viewer to engage with the natural beauty and rawness of the coastal landscape. Through his adept use of light, shadow, and color, Hopper elegantly conveys both the transient effects of light and the enduring qualities of the rugged shoreline.

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