Girl at Sewing Machine

Girl at Sewing Machine
Artist Edward Hopper
Year 1921
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Dimensions 19 in × 18 in
48 cm × 46 cm
Edward Hopper Famous Paintings
Nighthawks, 1942
Automat, 1927
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
Complete Works

Girl at Sewing Machine by Edward Hopper was an oil on canvas created in 1921. It depicts a young girl sitting at a sewing machine in front of a window with the sun casting shadows against the room walls. Hopper did many of these commonly referred to “window paintings,” with this being one of the first. It is believed he associated sewing with solitude. This particular piece was inspired by a poem of the same name written by Mary Leader.

About the Artist

Edward Hopper was an American realist painter. He was born on July 22, 1882 in Nyack, New York on the north end of the Hudson River. He was raised in a middle class environment with a strict Baptist upbringing. His household was female dominated by his mother, grandmother, sister and even maid. His breakthrough in the arts community came in 1923 when one of his works, The Mansard Roof, was purchased by the Brooklyn Museum for $100. The majority of his paintings dealt with his vision of contemporary American life. He passed away in 1967.

One response to “Girl at Sewing Machine”

  1. Lucylu says:

    Actually, the poem was inspired by the picture, not the other way around.

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