Alienation and isolation near Washington Square

In 1925, Edward Hopper likely went up to the roof of his studio at 3 Washington Square North to complete this painting of the top two stories of an old building.

He ultimately titled it “Skyline, Near Washington Square.”

“The brownstone’s facade is encrusted with Victorian cornices, brackets, arched and square window moulds picked out with heavy shadows,” wrote Gerry Souter in his book, Edward Hopper. “The sides are whitewashed brick seared with sunlight.”

The building is like a dowager of another era, pretty in its day but now isolated, alienated, and stripped of its humanity in the modern urban cityscape.

Or maybe the building is Edward Hopper? Apparently this painting with its “gangly skyscraper” was originally titled “Self-Portrait,” according to Gail Levin’s Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography.

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7 Responses to “Alienation and isolation near Washington Square”

  1. Skyline, Near Washington Square, Edward Hopper – This isn't happiness Says:

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  2. thalassa plateia Says:

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  3. Tom Dulski Says:

    WOW, great use of the word Dowager.

  4. petey Says:

    i find it beautiful.
    i’m a great big Hopper fan.

  5. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I am a big Hopper fan too, as you can probably tell from all the times I write about and post his wonderful work.

  6. Tom B Says:

    Love these NYC paintings. Are there any Artists now doing this kind of neighborhood paintings? Or are they just smearing feces on Christian artifacts or hanging toilets on the wall and calling it Art? Sarcasm based on fact.

  7. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Lots of artists these days are trying to show us the beauty and enchantment of New York, and when I used to live close to Washington Square there were always painters capturing the magic. But I don’t keep track of the contemporary art world.

    Hopper was a singular genius, too. His New York is eerily similar to my New York.

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