Macomb's Dam Bridge
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945
For some, modernity resulted in an increasing feeling of alienation, as people began moving through spaces at a faster pace. Edward Hopper captured this transitory nature of modern life in paintings infused with a sense of isolation and estrangement.
Completed at the height of Hopper’s career, this painting shows Macombs Dam Bridge, which connects Manhattan and the Bronx. There are no signs of life in the city. Instead, an eerie stillness pervades the scene, resulting in a disquieting mood.
Oil on canvas
35 x 60 3/16in. (88.9 x 152.9cm)
frame: 40 7/8 x 66 x 3 3/4 in. (103.8 x 167.6 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
Signed, lower right: "EDWARD HOPPER"
Bequest of Mary T. Cockcroft
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Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967). Macomb's Dam Bridge, 1935. Oil on canvas, 35 x 60 3/16in. (88.9 x 152.9cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mary T. Cockcroft, 57.145. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 57.145_SL1.jpg)
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