In 1913, Edward Hopper sold his first painting at the first Armory Show. But it would be over a decade before the now-famed painter sold another. Instead, Hopper turned to etchings, drawings, and watercolors, finding recognition for his masterful compositions of quiet, meditative moments. CMOA Collects Edward Hopper presents all 17 works by Hopper in the museum’s collection, ranging from impressive examples of his etchings, drawings, and watercolors, to the oil paintings for which he is best known. This includes the first painting Hopper sold, Sailing (1911), and his 1936 painting Cape Cod Afternoon, produced after he gained widespread recognition. CMOA Collects Edward Hopper also presents prints by artists who influenced Hopper during his difficult formative years, including Rembrandt, John Sloan, and Charles Meryon.
Never before exhibited together, the works in CMOA Collects Edward Hopper reveal the development of an iconic American master, and shed light on the influences that produced his instantly recognizable style.
CMOA Collects Edward Hopper is organized by Akemi May, assistant curator, fine arts and decorative arts and design.
Generous support for CMOA Collects Edward Hopper has been provided by Jane C. Arkus, the Virginia Kaufman Fund, and the Bernard and Barbara Mars Art Exhibition Fund.
August 6: Members Only! Coffee with the Curator: CMOA Collects Edward Hopper
October 7–31: The Making of an American Style: American Painting of the Early 20th Century (Four-Session Art History Class, Wednesdays OR Saturdays)
October 10: Hops & Hopper beer event and Film Screening
Image Credit: Edward Hopper, Roofs, Washington Square (detail), 1926, Carnegie Museum of Art, Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Beal, 93.189.36