The stillness and solitude of a New York rooftop

Few artists convey the disquieting solitude of city life like Edward Hopper, as he does here in “Untitled (Rooftops)” from 1926.


Hopper, who worked out of his studio on Washington Square until his death in 1967, was fascinated by urban scenes: “our native architecture with its hideous beauty, its fantastic roofs, pseudo-gothic, French Mansard, Colonial, mongrel or what not, with eye-searing color or delicate harmonies of faded paint, shouldering one another along interminable streets that taper off into swamps or dump heaps.”

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4 Responses to “The stillness and solitude of a New York rooftop”

  1. Walk About New York Says:

    I have been drawn to Edward Hopper’s work since I was a child. Perhaps my attraction is because of what you describe as Hopper’s talent for portraying the “disquieting solitude of city life.”

    I do include a reference to his residency at #3 Washington Square North during both the Greenwich Village Walking Tour [] and the Five Squares and a Circle Tour [], both of which begin in Washington Square.

  2. ReadingOtherPeople Says:

    Reblogged this on Reading Other People and commented:
    As a long-time fan of Edward Hopper, and as I stare at his calendar at my desk, I find myself constantly enthralled by his stark depictions of life’s moments. His work is so evocative that I fall into reveries where I ask questions of why he would draw something like that or what was on those people’s minds?

  3. Alexander Riccio Says:

    Reblogged this on Alexander Riccio.

  4. Lisa Says:

    Sigh. An especially breath-taking Hopper.

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