The real landscape of Edward Hopper

Dense foliage and trees have now grown where once there was low-lying salt
marsh so that not all the views Hopper saw exist any longer, and there’s
also been a degree of gentrification that can make it difficult to recognise
houses we see today as the same ones Hopper painted in the early ‘30s.

For example, in one painting he depicts a house on a bare hill with shuttered
windows, half- detached drainpipe and long grass growing right up the front
door. Nowadays, the same house is immaculately restored, with a trellis on
the façade, clipped shrubbery, mown lawn, and neat fence. Pretty as it is,
gone is that pall of melancholy and isolation that are part of the
watercolour’s appeal. But how much of that melancholy is Hopper’s and how
much belongs

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