Exhibitions: Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties

Edward Hopper: Lighthouse Hill

Edward Hopper painted Lighthouse Hill during his first stay in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, a remote strip of land extending twelve miles into the Atlantic that Hopper reached in a newly acquired used Dodge. Seen from a dramatically low vantage point and in a strong, raking light, the massive Eastern Light and the steep-roofed house appear almost apparitional, suggesting the exposure of the site and the elemental existence of its inhabitants. Lighthouse Hill embodied the honesty, intensity, and “austerity” that twenties critics valued.