The Lighthouse at Two Lights

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

Date: 1929

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 29 1/2 x 43 1/4 in. (74.9 x 109.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Hugo Kastor Fund, 1962

Accession Number: 62.95


In this work, Hopper isolates the dramatic silhouette of a lighthouse against an open expanse of blue sky. Set on a rocky promontory in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the architecture is bathed in bright sunlight offset by dark shadows. Standing proudly upright and seen from below, the lighthouse at Two Lights seems to symbolize a resolute resistance, even refusal, to submit to change or nature. For Hopper, who had been summering in Maine since 1914, the lighthouse also signified a pleasurable reprieve from life in New York.