Seven A.M. (1948) by Edward Hopper

Seven A.M. - Edward Hopper - 1948

Artwork Information

TitleSeven A.M.
ArtistEdward Hopper
Date1948
Mediumoil,canvas
Dimensions101.6 x 76.2 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, US
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About Seven A.M.

The artwork titled “Seven A.M.” is an oil on canvas piece created by Edward Hopper in 1948. As an exemplar of the New Realism art movement, this cityscape measures 101.6 x 76.2 cm and is housed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, NY, US.

“Seven A.M.” presents a scene absent of human figures, focusing instead on the interplay between manmade structures and the natural environment. The composition is centered around a stark white building that exhibits clear signs of Hopper’s attention to geometric form and plays of light and shadow. The building’s façade is bathed in a crisp morning light, suggesting the time of day which corresponds to the title. A clock, mounted on the building’s exterior, reinforces the temporal context as it points to seven in the morning.

The artwork’s foreground reveals a storefront window showcasing an array of goods, perhaps a nod to the commercial activity that has yet to begin at this early hour. The contrasting colors of the items within the window draw the viewer’s eye, adding a subtle vibrance to the otherwise subdued painting. In the background, the lush greenery of trees, painted in darker tones, creates a sense of depth and contrasts with the pale architecture, further emphasizing the play of light as it filters through the leaves, casting dappled shadows.

Hopper’s painting emanates a sense of stillness and anticipation. It captures a moment of the day when the world seems momentarily paused—a serene prelude to the waking life of the city. This contemplative quality, alongside Hopper’s characteristic clean lines and attention to detail, imbues the artwork with a poignant sense of narrative and place, inviting the viewer to interpret the silence and solitude of the scene.

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