The Circle Theatre (1936) by Edward Hopper

The Circle Theatre - Edward Hopper - 1936

Artwork Information

TitleThe Circle Theatre
ArtistEdward Hopper
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions27 x 36 inches
Art MovementSocial Realism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Circle Theatre

“The Circle Theatre,” rendered in oil on canvas by Edward Hopper in 1936, epitomizes the Social Realism art movement with its meticulous portrayal of an urban cityscape. The artwork, measuring 27 by 36 inches, currently resides within a private collection. Encompassing the genre of a cityscape, Hopper’s work meticulously captures a slice of American life characteristic of the mid-1930s.

The artwork presents a street corner view where the main subject is a theater named “The Circle Theatre,” adorned with signs displaying “CANDY DRUGS SODA.” The scene is set against the backdrop of a towering building, suggesting an urban setting. The theater’s architecture features a marquee overhang with a distinct Art Deco design. The surrounding signage includes advertisements for a drug store and Horton’s ice cream, emphasizing the everyday commercial elements typical of the period.

The foreground is dominated by a traffic light on the right, adding a sense of order and urban pattern to the composition. The artist employs a restrained palette and sharp lines to evoke a sense of quiet and stillness, a technique that Hopper often implemented to convey solitude and the isolation inherent in modern life. There is an absence of bustling human activity, which is characteristic of Hopper’s works, and imparts a sensation of poignancy and contemplation to the viewer.

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