Edward Hopper’s Self-Portrait painted between 1925-30 portrays the artist as mature and thoughtful, dressed in a suit and tie, depicting the opposite of a stereotypical bohemian artist. The painting reveals the influence of Hopper’s teacher, Robert Henri, and highlights his focus on horizontality of lines and light that create silent moments full of life.
Hopper is famous for his enigmatic scenes, urban landscapes, and silent characters. House by the Railroad is one of his works that goes beyond its title suggests. His paintings brilliantly depict the spirit of the time in which they were created.
Self-Portrait 1925-30 is one among his few later self-portraits. Students can compare and contrast Hopper’s early to later self-portraits to understand how he developed as an artist over time. The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York holds this painting which showcases Hopper’s talent for capturing emotion through art.
Hopper was a student at New York School of Art where he polished his skills in drawing and oil painting, earning several awards during his studies. Despite being known for evoking mystery into his paintings, Self-Portrait remains unique due to its lack thereof since it does not indicate the profession or emotions of the painter.