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From Williamsburg Bridge

Artist:
Edward Hopper (American, Nyack, New York 1882–1967 New York)
Date:
1928
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
29 3/8 × 43 3/4 in. (74.6 × 111.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.44
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902
In From Williamsburg Bridge, Hopper depicts the austere facades of four apartment buildings and reduces the steel suspension bridge that gives the painting its name to the margins. Completed in 1903 and connecting Brooklyn with Manhattan, the structure is indicated only by the unobtrusive railing rising at a slight diagonal along the bottom of the canvas. As opposed to focusing on the bridge that facilitates movement in and out of the city, Hopper creates an image absent of noise or motion. He emphasizes the alienation and anonymity of urban life by including a single figure: a woman sitting alone in a top story window.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): EDWARD HOPPER
[Frank K. M. Rehn Gallery, New York, 1928–37; received from the artist on February 22, 1928; sold to MMA]

Cambridge, Mass. Harvard Society for Contemporary Art. Exhibition held at the Harvard Cooperative Building, Rooms 207, 208. "An Exhibition of American Art," February 19–March 15, 1929, brochure no. 4 (as "Williamsburg Bridge," lent by Mr. F. K. M. Rehn).

Boston. Institute of Modern Art. "Ten Americans," October 20–November 21, 1943, no. 11.

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Edward Hopper Retrospective Exhibition," February 11–March 26, 1950, no. 29.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Edward Hopper Retrospective Exhibition," April 13–May 14, 1950, no. 29.

Detroit Institute of Arts. "Edward Hopper Retrospective Exhibition," June 4–July 2, 1950, no. 29.

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Seattle Art Museum. "Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture," February 4–April 5, 1953, unnum. brochure.

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Bronx County Courthouse. "Paintings from the Metropolitan, Pinturas del Metropolitano," May 12–June 13, 1971, no. 19.

American Embassy, Moscow. "American Painting, 1830–1970," opened June 1974, no. 15.

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Cologne. Museum Ludwig. "Edward Hopper," October 9, 2004–January 9, 2005, unnumbered cat.

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National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Edward Hopper," September 16, 2007–January 21, 2008, no. 58.

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New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Hopper Drawing," May 23–October 6, 2013, unnumbered cat. (fig. 161).

Dallas Museum of Art. "Hopper Drawing: A Painter's Process," November 17, 2013–February 16, 2014, unnumbered cat. (fig. 161).

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Robert Beverly Hale. 100 American Painters of the 20th Century: Works Selected from the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1950, p. xvi, ill. p. 61.

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Richard Meyer. "Changing Partners: Richard Meyer on 'Reimagining Modernism' at the Met." Artforum (November 2015), p. 146.



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