One of the more interesting Hopper paintings set in Maine is Lighthouse Hill. The painting shows a lighthouse set atop a hill and a house further up on the hill. The viewer is looking at the scene from the bottom of the hill.
The sun is shining, but that does not make for a cheery landscape. The cottage has dark windows and the walls are in the shadow, making it very uninviting, and even sinister.
Despite the fact that the lighthouse is the taller and more in relief in the picture, the cottage is right in the middle of the painting, making it a focus. The painting overall conveys a sinister and uneasy mood.
During his lifetime, Hopper painted this lighthouse twice, once in this painting and once in the painting entitled Lighthouse at Two Lights. Painted in 1927, Lighthouse Hill is currently reposing in the Dallas Museum of Art in the USA.
Edward Hopper, an American Realist painter, is well-known for his depiction of everyday life scenes.
His experimentation with light is indicative of his style and hence, his outdoor sceneries and landscapes are very expressive. Hopper’s works sometimes have some mysterious elements, though each painting tells a tale.
Hopper visited many places during his life time, which made an impact on his works. He travelled all over the US, Mexico, and Europe, which inspired many of his travel-themed works. These paintings often depicted hotel rooms, trains, train station, bridges, roads, etc.