Office in a Small City

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

Date: 1953

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 28 x 40 in. (71.1 x 101.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: George A. Hearn Fund, 1953

Accession Number: 53.183


The Metropolitan Museum acquired this painting shortly after it was completed in late October 1953. Begun in Cape Cod over the summer and finished in New York City, it was the only oil painting Hopper produced that year. Reprising one of his signature subjects—a solitary figure, physically and emotionally detached from his surroundings and other people—it was described by the artist’s wife as "the man in concrete wall."