Brushed with Light: American Landscape Watercolors from the Collection

Edward Hopper: House at Riverdale

Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967). House at Riverdale, 1928. Watercolor with graphite sketch on white, medium weight, roughly textured wove paper. Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Anita Steckler, 2003.1

Edward Hopper established his artistic reputation in the early twenties on the basis of his watercolors, particularly his bright but stark “portraits” of the Victorian houses of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Deceptively simple, these works demonstrate Hopper’s talent for spare compositions, as well as his exceptional control of the washes with which he suggested the brilliant effects of coastal light. In 1923, the Brooklyn Museum was the first institution to purchase a Hopper watercolor—The Mansard Roof (23.69), currently touring in a large Hopper exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.