Girl at Sewing Machine

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Girl at Sewing Machine
Girl at Sewing Machine by Edward Hopper 1921.jpg
ArtistEdward Hopper
Year1921 (1921)
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions48 cm (19 in) × 46 cm (18 in)
LocationThyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

Girl at Sewing Machine is an oil on canvas painting by Edward Hopper, executed in 1921, now 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. pp. 149. ISBN 978-0-226-06444-4.
  2. ^ Places. Vol. 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.