The Long Leg (1935)
Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
oil on canvas, 20 x 30 1/4 in.
Edward Hopper is recognized as one of the most important American realist painters of the first half of the 20th century.
As in The Long Leg
with its simplified forms modeled by a strong light, his realism was tempered by a modern sensibility. Hopper's compositions often have an air of stillness and a pervading mood of solitude. That is as true for his evocative images of sailing--a recurring theme in his work--as it is with his stark depictions of urban life. Here, the graceful movement of the boat across the water expresses Hopper's attachment to the sea and his love of sailing even as it contributes to the picture's quietude. Like many New York artists of his generation, Hopper sought relief from summer in the city by going to the New England shore. The cool tones and sense of peace in this work offer a respite from the heat and grime of New York. The locale is Long Point Light at Provincetown, not far from the artist's summer home in South Truro.