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House by the railway

Painting, 1925, 61×73.7 cm

Description of the artwork «House by the railway»

"House by the railroad" refers to the relatively early period of the art of Edward hopper. In 1910, the artist returned from France to America, never to leave its borders. But for a long time his work remains visible the influence of the French Impressionists.

Admiring the works Cezanne and Monet Hopper began to change the color palette of his paintings, making it more colorful and bright. The house in this picture brightly lit by the sun, which, apparently, already on the wane. But in the deep shadows and barren Windows of the building can be seen a kind of melancholy anxiety and abandonment. Along with this when looking at the canvas appears unaccountable feeling that behind these Windows, from the depths of dark rooms for you someone is watching intently.

Hopper often uses in his paintings of strict horizontal element, as if forcibly detaching the real world, in which there is the viewer, and the space within the painting. Here this element be the railroad tracks that draws off of the attention and not allow you to see the house as a whole. And the more the viewer tries to see, the more impenetrable it becomes an image.

"House by the railroad" famous in the first place so that this work became the first painting acquired by the new York Museum of modern art, founded in 1928. Also, very noteworthy is the fact that the house with the paintings of hopper was the basis for the construction of the mansion, which became known as the "Bates Motel" from the Alfred Hitchcock film "Psycho." This mansion was the most expensive decoration in the film and cost the Studio 15 thousand dollars. Thanks to the masterwork of Hitchcock, as well as numerous sequels (for example, in 2013 in the USA successful series "Bates Motel"), leaf hopper periodically experiencing a new wave of popularity, gaining fame dark and ominous. Although here and difficult to tell what originally was the cause and what the consequence.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape, Architecture

Style of art: Realism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1925

Size: 61×73.7 cm

Artwork in selections: 35 selections

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