Haskell's House, painted in 1924 by Edward Hopper, immortalised the home of its then owner, master mariner and civil servant Melvin Haskell. Hopper captured the bright summer day with a vibrant colour palette. He also paid attention to the architectural details of the house, showing its unique forms.
He layered the colours to show the sunlight on the house and the shadows, which emphasise the house's prominent and receding forms. See more
The composition is completed by the garden surrounding the house and the geometric shape of the bushes and stairs that echo the forms of the house.
Edward Hopper is one of the major figures of the American realist movement, with paintings such as House by the Railroad (1925) and Nighthawks (1942).
Born in 1882 in New York State, Edward Hopper entered the prestigious New York School of Art after his secondary education. He moved to New York in 1908 where he was hired as an illustrator for advertising campaigns. He soon tired of the job and exhibited paintings in his spare time. See more
Around 1915, he painted scenes of American life and in 1920, he presented his first exhibition at the Whitney Studio Club, which was a great success. In 1924 he married Josephine Verstille Nivison.
His particular style, made of simple forms and rather dark colours, plays on the contrasts between light and shadow. Hopper managed to diversify his realistic approach, with staged landscapes, sometimes urban and sometimes rural. The characters he paints often inspire an impression of solitude and exclusion. Most of his oil paintings reflect a country in the throes of economic and social change. In 1945, Edward Hopper was admitted to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He received numerous awards and honours, including the title of Doctor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1955.