The El Station (1908) by Edward Hopper

The El Station - Edward Hopper - 1908

Artwork Information

TitleThe El Station
ArtistEdward Hopper
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY, US

About The El Station

The artwork “The El Station” by Edward Hopper, created in 1908, is an oil on canvas piece that belongs to the New Realism art movement and falls under the cityscape genre. It currently resides in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, NY, US.

“The El Station” portrays an urban scene focused on an elevated railway station. The painting is characterized by its depiction of the urban architecture common to the early 20th century. In the foreground, the railway tracks are prominent, leading the eye towards the station itself, which sits in the middle ground. The station’s structure is accompanied by a few indistinct figures, hinting at the presence of daily commuters or passersby. The color palette is relatively subdued, with a dominance of earthy tones that evoke a sense of the mundane aspects of urban life. Hopper’s brushwork varies in the artwork, with smoother transitions in the sky and more textured treatments in the architectural features, suggesting materials like wood and brick. The background features larger, blocky buildings that underscore the sprawling nature of the urban landscape. Hopper’s minimalist approach to detail and his play with light and shadow coalesce to create a sense of solitude and the anonymity of city life.

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