The present work is a study for one of Hopper's seminal paintings, Cape Cod Morning
, also painted in 1950, which is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Hopper’s drawing gives us a fascinating glimpse into his artistic process and how he uses the hands and forearms of the model to create dramatic tension. From the standing figure, Hopper adds two vignettes. He specifically focuses on the tensed muscles in the hands as they grip around a table edge and as they support the weight of the body. The muscles in the upper part of the forearm also receive special attention; they clench and bulge as the model leans forward. Here is what the final figure in the painting feels physically as she looks beyond the window out into the start of the day. From this drawing, Hopper proceeds in the painting to slightly adjust the angle of her back and the turn of her head to complete an image of morning in America that continues to engage our thoughts and emotions to the present day .
Dimensions: 11 5/8 by 8 5/8 inches
Medium: charcoal on paper
Condition Report: In good overall condition; sheet is a thin paper (almost tissue-like); surface appears to have darkened slightly (edges under mat are a bit lighter); mild soiling to surface: scattered light stains/foxing, a few white spots at corners are old repairs; a hard horizontal crease about 4 inches up from the lower edge (a smaller, softer crease is at lower left edge); sheet is hinged to backing with pieces of white fabric tape along the upper edge.
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Literature: Gail Levin, Edward Hopper, A Catalogue Raisonné, Volume III, New York, 1995, fig. 343.2, p. 334, illustrated
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