American village is an early evening look down from an overpass at a village street. The windows of its stone-front buildings are still shaded with individual awnings. Street level awning hide the shopping populace from view. A quirk of the light singles out a white frame house and yellow trolley car at the end of the main street, but the rest of the pavement activity is only suggested by strategic paint dabs as low clouds roll overhead before the arrival of a summer rainstorm.
American Scene has always been the subject matter of Hopper's paintings.Hopper focuses on rural motifs and American small-town scenes as frequently as he does on subjects discovered on his walks through New York.