The solitary view “From Williamsburg Bridge”

“‘From Williamsburg Bridge’ is a city scene without noise or motion,” explains a page devoted to this 1928 Edward Hopper painting on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

It looks like the Delancey Street approach to the bridge, a row of tenement tops that may still be there today.

“The light on the buildings is bright and steady, and the only person visible is a woman sitting in profile in a top-floor window,” states the Met site.

“The broad format of this painting implies the continuation of the scene beyond the limits of the canvas: we can imagine the street, the girders of the nearby bridge, and perhaps other, identical brownstone buildings with solitary tenants lost in reverie.”

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4 Responses to “The solitary view “From Williamsburg Bridge””

  1. petey Says:

    that’s simply lovely.
    i’m a sucker for hopper, bellows, martin lewis.

  2. wordgrl Says:

    I remember being caught in traffic on the entry to the Williamsburg Bridge and if you add a lot of soot, the scene’s the same (at least it was in the ’80’s). Hopper hangs in my kitchen and like Petey, I love the Ashcan school.

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