Sheridan Theatre (1937) by Edward Hopper

Sheridan Theatre - Edward Hopper - 1937

Artwork Information

TitleSheridan Theatre
ArtistEdward Hopper
Dimensions64.13 x 43.56 cm
Art MovementSocial Realism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Sheridan Theatre

The artwork entitled “Sheridan Theatre” was created by the artist Edward Hopper in 1937. This interior genre painting is rendered in oil on canvas, measuring 64.13 by 43.56 centimeters. It embodies the Social Realism movement, an artistic approach that seeks to draw attention to the everyday conditions of the working class and the poor. Currently, this piece resides in a private collection.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a richly atmospheric interior, likely of a theater’s lobby or a similar entertainment venue, characterized by a sense of solitude and stillness that is typical of Hopper’s oeuvre. The perspective offers a glimpse of multiple levels within the theater, including a grand balcony and staircases framed by warm, subdued lighting, which emphasizes the architectural details and creates dramatic contrasts of light and shadow.

There are a few figures present, isolated and engaged in separate activities, further enhancing the painting’s mood of quietude and introspection. The lighting fixtures cast a soft glow that infuses the scene with a melancholic air, a hallmark of Hopper’s style. The muted palette and the interplay between light and architecture suggest a narrative beyond the visible, inviting the viewer to contemplate the scene’s underlying stories and emotions.

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