32 x 50 in. (canvas) 38 x 56 in. (framed, Optium)
Signed in brown paint at lower right: EDWARD HOPPER
Emma Harter Sweetser Fund
From the artist to (Frank Rehn Gallery, New York); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1932 (32.177).
This painting, named after an East Coast railroad line, was created during the Depression and depicts a landscape and desolate house. The prominent track evokes Hopper’s recurring themes of transience and the loneliness of the traveler.
The frontal view and the broad horizontal line of the railroad suggest a stage, underlining the separation between the viewer and the scene.
The crisp lines and sharp angles of the house are softened by the rounded, natural shapes of the trees, and the dark green balances the bright sky. Hopper’s compositions are often based on oppositions like this that unite to form a harmonic whole.
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