The Single Best Portrait of City Life

One of the most influential works of art of the 20th century is now in Palo Alto. 

What’s it like to live in a city? Just look at the work of Edward Hopper. He is famously praised for capturing the vibe of New York City in his pensive, solitary New York Corner. When Hopper painted the oil on canvas and started to establish his style, he was a mere 31 years old. In an acquisition this past summer that made news in the art world, the painting is now displayed at Cantor Art Center at Stanford University.

Three things to know about Edward Hopper

He is the one of the most important realist painters of the 20th century.

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, “He was unhelpful to journalists seeking details or anecdotes. ‘The whole answer is there on the canvas,’ he would stubbornly reply.”

Before Hopper painted New York Corner, he visited France and was influenced by the impressionists.

Hopper_5x7in_300dpiEdward Hopper (U.S.A., 1882–1967), New York Corner (Corner Saloon), 1913. Oil on canvas, 24 x 29 in. Courtesy of the Cantor Arts Center.