The buildings in Hopper’s haunting, dreamlike cityscapes seem to embody the loneliness and isolation of the small, solitary figures that dwell there. In this print, the foreboding is intensified by the disorienting bird’s eye view and the diagonal shadow cast by a street light just outside of the picture frame. As in later film noir, the setting amplifies the mood and becomes another character in the drama.
Night Shadows from Six American Etchings
1921 (published 1924)
Etching on paper
Image/plate: 6 15/16 x 8 5/16 in. (17.6 x 21.1 cm); sheet: 11 x 14 3/6 in. (27.9 x 36.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 73.57
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