From Williamsburg Bridge

Edward Hopper (American, Nyack, New York 1882–1967 New York)

Oil on canvas
H. 29, W. 43 inches (73.7 x 109.2 cm.)
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
  • Description

    The title of this painting refers to the steel suspension bridge that connects Brooklyn with Manhattan via the East River. Hopper's focus is not, however, the imposing structure but the more mundane view of the adjacent neighborhood on the Manhattan side. Depicting the façades of four ordinary apartment buildings, Hopper establishes a subtle visual play of rhythms and repetitions. The gridlike composition is broken only by the angles of two fire escapes and the unobtrusive railing of the ramp to the bridge, rising at a slight diagonal along the bottom of the canvas. In this city scene without noise or motion, the only person visible is a woman sitting in profile in a top-story window.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed (lower right): EDWARD HOPPER

  • Exhibition History

    ¦An Exhibition of American Art¦. Cambridge, MA: The Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, Inc (exhibition held at the Harvard Cooperative Building, Rooms 207 & 208, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue), February 19 - March 15, 1929; listed in exhibition brochure under “Oils,” no. 4 (lent by F.K. M. Rehn).

    ¦The Artist Celebrates New York: Selected Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art¦, Bronx Museum of the Arts, February 1–March 24, 1985; Long Island University, April 5–June 2, 1985; Queens, June 15–August 24, 1985; Staten Island Museum, September 6–October 20, 1985; City College of New York, October 25–December 13, 1985. (This exhibition circulated at the above locations in the five boroughts of New York City). Pamphlet/poster foldout with chat labels on each artist and a separate leaflet essay by Lowery S. Sims).

    ¦Amerikanische Kunst im 20. Jahrhundert¦, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, May 8–July 25, 1993; Royal Academy of Arts, London, September 16–December 12, 1993, no. 59.

    ¦Edward Hopper¦, Tate Modern, London, May 27–September 5, 2004; Museum Ludwig, October 9, 2004–January 9, 2005, pp.150-151. (ill. in color)

    ¦Edward Hopper¦, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, May 6 - August 19, 2007; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., September 16, 2007 - January 21, 2008; The Art Institute of Chicago, February 16 - May 11, 2008, ill. p. 120, checklist p. 248, no. 58, p. 121 (discussed). (ill. in color) .

    Madrid. Museo Thyssen Bornemisza. "Hopper," June 12–September 16, 2012, no. 34.

    Paris. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais. "Hopper," October 5, 2012–February 3, 2013, no. 34.

  • References

    Chanin, A.L. Art Guide/New York. New York: Horizon Press, 1965, p. 98 no. 146, illustrated p. 98, fig. 146

    Levin, Gail. Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, Volume III: Oils, (New York, London: Whitney Museum of American Art and W.W. Norton & Company, 1995) cat. no. O-258, ill. pg. 179.

    Valeriano Bozal in Hopper. Exh. cat., Museo Thyssen Bornemisza. Madrid, 2012, pp. 17, 23, no. 34, ill. p. 111.

  • See also