New York Pavements

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Edward Hopper
New York Pavements, 1924
Oil on canvas

Edward Hopper’s haunting realist canvas evokes an enigmatic emptiness that has become the artist’s trademark.His sparsely populated New York cityscapes, bleak New England views, and lonely interiors share the same stark simplicity.

In New York Pavements Hopper used bold cropping, an elevated point of view, strong diagonal lines, and a simple, bleached palette to achieve an odd and detached effect. From a bird’s-eye perspective, the only hint of narrative is the figure emerging from the lower left.