Edward Hopper is widely acknoledged as the most important realist painter of twentieth-century America. But his vision of reality was a selective one, reflecting his own temperament in the empty cityscapes, landscapes, and isolated figures he chose to paint. His work demonstrates that realism is not merely a literal or photographic copying of what we see, but an interpretive rendering. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of his death, here are some of his most beautiful and important artworks:
New York Movie, 1939.
East Wind Over Weehawken, 1934.
The House by the Railroad, 1925.
Office at Night, 1940.
Rooms by the Sea, 1951.
Railroad Sunset, 1929.
Manhattan Bridge Loop, 1928.
Lighthouse at Two Lights, 1929.