Railroad Crossing

Edward Hopper American

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Hopper's etching shows a man and cow waiting to cross railroad tracks, with expressive lines and shadows used to suggest heavy rain. The artist had returned to New York from Paris in 1910 and took up etching when his paintings failed to find buyers, producing about 70 prints between 1915 and 1923. In addition to depicting men and women experiencing the urban fabric of New York, he evoked memories of France and explored rural and coastal landscapes in Maine and Massachusetts. After Hopper received two awards for his prints in 1923—the Logan Prize from the Chicago Society of Etchers and the W. A. Bryan Prize—he refocused his energies on painting, but often returned to subjects he had used etching to shape.

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

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