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Edward Hopper

White River at Sharon
watercolor and pencil
21 3/4 x 29 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

This scene was painted in September 1937, when Hopper and his wife were visiting the farm of friends in Vermont. He captured the distinctive light of early autumn in a landscape seemingly devoid of man's presence. Careful examination of the scene, however, reveals a road barely visible in the center of the composition as well as a railroad embankment in the upper right, behind the dying tree.