Highland Light, North Truro, Massachusetts, by Edward Hopper

This painting combines my favorite sides of Edward Hopper’s work: somewhat desolate places (rather than somewhat desolate people), and quick outdoor sketching (rather than more formal and detailed composition). I love how many outbuildings this particular Cape Cod lighthouse has managed to attract—it looks more like the grain silo of a farm than an outpost against seas and storms.

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Highland Light” (North Truro, Massachusetts), watercolor over graphite on rough white wove paper, 1930, by Edward Hopper, Harvard Art Museum :: via “Edward Hopper’s Cape Cod: Then and Now,” NYTimes.com, 10 August 2009

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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