Hopper’s Haverstraw Icon

hopperrailroad.jpgIn 1925, Edward Hopper, of Nyack, New York, set out to immortalize the “House by the Railroad” on Route 9W in Haverstraw. The canvas and oil masterpiece is on display in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Midtown Manhattan. Hopper’s signature juxtaposition of light and dark shades created by a glaringly bright sun is evident on this piece. The “Railroad” on the lower portion of the painting is the West Shore Line, still active with freight trains. The “House by the Railroad” still sits prominently on Route 9W just north of the entrance to Main Street in the Village of Haverstraw.

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