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Subjects : Landscape
Keywords : 20th century, Realism, USA, United States, landscape, lighthouse
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Lighthouse at Two Lights

[The] Lighthouse at Two Lights is an oil-on-canvas painting by the American artist Edward Hopper, painted in 1929 and preserved since its acquisition by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the Hugo Kastor Fund in 1962. Cape Elizabeth in Maine has been a favourite haunt of the Hoppers since 1914. Its lighthouse, dramatically depicted in the painting, stands proudly in a low angle against a blue sky with few clouds. The coastguard station is next to the lighthouse. This juxtaposition is accentuated by the framing and the harsh light, with its sharp, dark shadows (the roof of the caretaker's house). A few dark patches formed by tufts of Myrica pensylvanica mark the pale green grassy ground on the hillside. The theme of beaches, seashores and the buildings that line them recurs in Hopper's work as a respite from the hectic, alienating life of the city. The lighthouse symbolises the solitary individual stoically facing up to the onslaught of change in an industrial society and the separation between civilisation and nature. In addition to several sketches of lighthouses, Hopper used the theme in Squam Light in 1912, Coast Guard Station with the same Two Lights in 1927, and Lighthouse Hill (depicting a house and a single lighthouse) the same year. In most cases, his depictions of lighthouses in perspective from bottom to top do not include the presence of the sea, which remains only suggested, except in Five A. M. in 1940, where the lighthouse is situated on a rock surrounded by [...]


This artwork is a painting from the modern period. It belongs to the naturalism styles and realism styles.


« Lighthouse at Two Lights » is kept at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.


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