The Lighthouse Hill by Hopper

The Lighthouse Hill by Hopper
The Lighthouse Hill by Hopper

This work, en titled The Lighthouse Hill, was painted in oil by the American painter Edward Hopper in 1927, but he painted this same lighthouse in several more watercolors, since that place in the state of Maine, around Portland, fascinated the artist.

Hopper's The Lighthouse Hill

The Lighthouse Hill by Hopper

We see the imposing lighthouse that rises above the hill, and the perspective chosen from bottom to top still increases the sense of monumentality and verticality of the building. In addition, this idea is reinforced by the clear separation that it poses to us with the different colors that serve to compose the scene, clearly showing some tones for the mountain, and perfectly differentiated light colors of the lighthouse cut out against the blue of the sky.

The light falls on the lighthouse, while the green of the hill is already almost in twilight. However, the lighthouse is not the center of the composition. We see it on one side of the upper half, while the central area of ​​the canvas is occupied by the lighthouse keeper's house. And curiously, painting a lighthouse for the orientation of the sailors, the sea is not seen at any time.

The play of light and shadow makes both the house and the lighthouse clearly outlined, powerfully drawing attention with their presence.

Scholars of Hopper's work see in this painting,as a good representation of a moment of transition in his pictorial work. With the passage of time, these light games, between the illuminated and shadowed areas, will become more and more pronounced, until they become one of the most characteristic hallmarks of his painting.

Also during these years, Hopper is an artist very interested in the representation of open landscapes, be they rural like thisThe Lighthouse Hillor urban, where he stops to paint the architecture of buildings. However, with the passage of time, his painting will be increasingly dominated by the human figure, generally with people alone and located in closed spaces such as a train in the case of his work Compartimento C, Coche 193, or in hotels as in his work Hotel Room.

However, he had already begun to develop this tendency towards solitary characters in closed spaces even before painting The lighthouse hill that we see here, because for example one year before he had already created his painting Eleven o'clock in the morning.

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