Currently on View in K205
Hopper began his career as an illustrator and was a successful commercial artist before his paintings received critical attention. This canvas, named after the East Coast railroad line, was painted during the Depression and depicts a landscape and desolate house in rural New England. The prominence of the tracks suggests Hopper's recurring themes of transience and loneliness of the traveler. His schema is based on opposites that fuse to form a harmonic whole. The crisp lines and sharp angles of the architecture are softened by rounded natural shapes. Similarly, the dark green slope balances the bright sky, and the shocking amber note of the clapboard siding reverberates throughout the painting in cool overtones of violet.
From the artist to (Frank Rehn Gallery, New York); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1932 (32.177).