|Early Sunday Morning|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Location||Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York|
|Dimensions||35.2 in × 60.3 in|
|89.4 cm × 153 cm|
|Edward Hopper Famous Paintings|
|Early Sunday Morning, 1930|
|Room in New York, 1932|
|Hotel Lobby, 1943|
|Chop Suey, 1929|
|Office at Night, 1940|
|Office in a Small City, 1953|
|Girl at Sewing Machine, 1921|
Early Sunday Morning is a painting by the American artist Edward Hopper. He produced it in 1930, and it captures a typical morning scene in a part of New York City. The painting is particularly noted for Hopper’s accomplished use of light. The artwork is currently owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The scene depicted by Hopper in this painting is a straightforward one: a row of closed stores in Seventh Avenue, close to where the artist was living at the time. The angle of view of the piece emphasizes its many straight lines, giving a sense of the length and regularity of the row of buildings. Long shadows fall across the sidewalk, cast by a barber shop’s pole and a fire hydrant. The emptiness of the street is natural at this time of day – shortly after sunrise. However, some critics consider that it is also a commentary on the economic state of New York at the time – in the middle of the Great Depression.