Girl at Sewing Machine

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Girl at Sewing Machine
Edward Hopper - Girl at a Sewing Machine (1921).jpg
Artist Edward Hopper
Year 1921
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 48 cm × 46 cm (19 in × 18 in)
Location Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Girl at Sewing Machine is a 1921 painting by Edward Hopper, currently housed in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Spain. It portrays a young girl sitting at a sewing machine facing a window on a beautiful sunny day. The location appears to be New York City as is evident from the yellow bricks in the window.[1] The exterior vantage point although present only aids in putting the interior activity in perspective.[2]

It is one of the first of Hopper's many "window paintings". Hopper's repeated decision to pose a young woman against her sewing is said to be his commentary on solitude.[3]

The painting is the inspiration for Mary Leader's poem of the same name.[4]


  1. ^ Bonnefoy, Yves (1995). The lure and the truth of painting: selected essays on art. University of Chicago Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-226-06444-4. 
  2. ^ Places. 2. MIT Press for the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley and the School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 1985. 
  3. ^ Berman, Avis (2005). Edward Hopper's New York. Pomegranate. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-7649-3154-3. 
  4. ^ Elder, R. Bruce (2008). Harmony and dissent: film and avant-garde art movements in the early twentieth century. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. pp. xxvii. ISBN 978-1-55458-028-6. 

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