The Lee Shore (1941) by Edward Hopper

The Lee Shore - Edward Hopper - 1941

Artwork Information

TitleThe Lee Shore
ArtistEdward Hopper
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions71.76 x 109.22 cm
Art MovementSocial Realism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About The Lee Shore

Edward Hopper’s painting, The Lee Shore, captures a mix of supernatural drama and silence that characterizes his best works. Water was one of the essential symbols for Hopper and played an important role in his art. At the same time, Hopper’s aesthetic key to success has to do with the emphasis on “horizontality” of lines combined with selected scenarios and light.

Furthermore, the artist mixed vast empty spaces with specific points of focus to depict the spirit of his time. Throughout The Lee Shore, several themes recur repeatedly in Hopper’s work: loneliness, isolation as well as ambiguity about life itself. Regarding color palette, mostly pastels or muted tones were used subtly by Hopper in creating outlines or emphasizing structure.

Hopper’s inspiration came from life experiences on land and at sea where he often traveled alone in search of suitable subjects for his painting. His use of form through minimalism gave viewers unique interpretations while allowing them to find some personal connection to each piece. There is a feeling of relaxation and enjoyment conveyed through the imagery depicting breezy sailboats’ excursion in The Lee Shore painting making it a beautiful masterpiece for art enthusiasts alike.

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