White River at Sharon

Media - 1986.6.41 - SAAM-1986.6.41_2 - 135621
Copied Edward Hopper, White River at Sharon, 1937, watercolor and pencil on paper, sheet: 21 3429 34 in. (55.375.6 cm) irregular, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.41

Artwork Details

White River at Sharon
Not on view
sheet: 21 3429 34 in. (55.375.6 cm) irregular
Credit Line
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Mediums Description
watercolor and pencil on paper
  • Landscape — United States — Sharon
  • Waterscape — river — White River
Object Number

Artwork Description

Hopper painted White River at Sharon in September 1937, when he and his wife were visiting the farm of friends in Vermont. The distinctive light of early autumn suffuses a landscape that at first glance seems untouched by man. But Hopper believed that evidence of the human presence in the natural world reflected the reality of contemporary life. Careful examination reveals a road in the center of the composition and a railroad embankment at the upper right.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014


Media - 1986.6.100 - SAAM-1986.6.100_2 - 135134
Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection
October 20, 2018November 28, 2018
This exhibition presents some of the most treasured paintings and sculpture from SAAM’s permanent collection, including artworks by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, George Tooker, among others.