Edward Hopper. House by the Railroad. (1926).
Edward Hopper is an American realistic painter who studied Manet and Courbet. He likes to paint the scenes of the life of the small American cities and contrast between the irregular forms of nature and the symbols of civilization. Here civilization it is the railroad which contrasts with the shapes of a house without true style, irregular and a little Barroco. Hitchcock will say that its film windows on court was inspired to him by the paintings of Hopper. And indeed, good to look at there, this house resembles that of Psychosis, or with the Hotel of Vertigo or even at the school of the Birds, and even in Manderley, the house of Rebecca. The paintings of Hopper have a great evocative force. Many scenario writers will say themselves inspired by the pictures of the painter. They have a possible power of fiction behind which many scenarios can hide. Speaking about his work the artist evokes the " conscience of what is beyond the scene itself ". It is about the definition even of the out-field, which proves that Hopper was quite conscious of the suggestive power of his works.
The sky is immense, the low horizon, the point of view is in against diving that resembles a framing of cinema.
The house, topic principal of the painting is centered on the tension fields and the 4 natural points of interest.
The house and the sky occupy the three quarters of pictorial space.
The painting is built on the ascending diagonal. The horizontal lines of the railroad are opposed to the vertical lines of the house what accentuates contrast.
The color of this sky is that of a sky of the morning.
This chimney has the same color as the rail in the foreground, it is a recall, but this tone does not correspond to the style enough barroco of the dwelling.
The color of the rail of the railway contrast with that of the house but also the hot lines which are horizontal whereas those of the house are vertical.
With through this window of the 1st stage one perceives 2 characters. From there all interpretations and the scenarios are possible…
Light: : The house is strongly lit by a sharp light coming from the left.
Colors: Harmonize between hot colors, the colours are clear.
Edward Hopper. Gloucester Harbour. (1926).
Edward Hopper. From Williamsburg Bridge. (1928).
Edward Hopper. The El Station.