Summer Evening (1947) by Edward Hopper

Summer Evening - Edward Hopper - 1947

Artwork Information

TitleSummer Evening
ArtistEdward Hopper
Date1947
Mediumoil,canvas
Art MovementSocial Realism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Summer Evening

“Summer Evening,” created by the distinguished artist Edward Hopper in 1947, is an oil on canvas artwork that epitomizes the Social Realism art movement. As a genre painting, the artwork offers a snapshot of everyday life, and it presently resides in a private collection. This piece is illustrative of Hopper’s talent for capturing the subtle interplay of light and its effects on color, as well as his keen observation of human interactions.

The artwork depicts two figures, a man and a woman, standing on the porch of a typical American house during a summer evening. The setting sun casts deep shadows on the porch, contrasting with the remaining daylight that illuminates parts of the house and the characters. The woman is positioned slightly ahead, wearing a light sundress, her body language pensive or perhaps weary. The man, leaning casually against a porch post, wears a short-sleeved shirt and slacks, gazing toward the woman with an air that suggests a private conversation or shared contemplation.

Hopper’s mastery of rendering stillness and tension is palpable through the spacing between the figures and the somber mood cast by the encroaching darkness of the evening. The house’s wooden texture and the architectural details are portrayed with precise brushwork, characterizing Hopper’s attention to the structural elements within his compositions. Despite its seeming simplicity, the artwork conveys a nuanced narrative open to interpretation, a hallmark of Hopper’s genre scenes which invite viewers to construct their own stories behind the quiet moments he portrays.

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