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Edward Hopper’s Drawings That Will Blow Your Mind

Zuzanna Stańska 27 June 2017 min Read

Edward Hopper for more than a half-century observed the fleeting moments of life. His paintings became legendary - their simple realism hold secrets, layers of meaning, hinted-at narratives floating beneath the surface. They make us want to know more, to finish the story. [Read our article Edward Hopper And The Scent Of Loneliness]. Hopper lived with his wife Jo in a spare walk-up apartment and adjoining studio near Washington Square, rarely traveling except for summers spent in New England. Along the way, Hopper produced such icons of American art as Nighthawks (1942), the definitive American painting of a late-night diner; Rooms for Tourists (1945), the mysterious Victorian house that has influenced several generations of noir filmmakers; and Office at Night (1940), which continues to intrigue us with its sense of drama frozen in time. For all these paintings he created plenty of preparatory drawings. Whitney Museum of American Art owns over 2,500 drawings bequeathed to the museum by his Jo. 2,500! Some of them you can see below. Magnificent, aren't they?

1. The Nighthawks

  [caption id="attachment_5338" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edward Hopper drawing Edward Hopper sketches Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Study for Nighthawks, 1941 or 1942. Fabricated chalk and charcoal on paper; 11 1/8 x 15 in. (28.3 x 38.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase and gift of Josephine N. Hopper by exchange 2011.65 Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Study for Nighthawks, 1941 or 1942, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5352" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edward Hopper drawing Edward Hopper sketches Edward Hopper, The Nighthawks,1942, Art Institute of Chicago Edward Hopper, The Nighthawks, 1942, Art Institute of Chicago[/caption]

2. The Morning Sun

[caption id="attachment_5353" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edward Hopper drawing Edward Hopper sketches Edward Hopper, Study for Morning Sun, 1952, Whitney Museum of American Art Edward Hopper, Study for Morning Sun, 1952, Whitney Museum of American Art[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5356" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edward Hopper sketches Edward Hopper, Study for Morning Sun, 1952 Edward Hopper, Study for Morning Sun, 1952, Whitney Museum of American Art[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5354" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edward Hopper drawing Edward Hopper sketches Edward Hopper, Morning Sun, 1952, Whitney Museum of American Art Edward Hopper, Morning Sun, 1952, Whitney Museum of American Art[/caption]

3. Summertime

[caption id="attachment_5355" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edward Hopper drawing Edward Hopper, Study for Summertime, 1943, Whitney Museum of American Art Edward Hopper, Study for Summertime, 1943, Whitney Museum of American Art[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5357" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edward Hopper drawing Edward Hopper sketches Edward Hopper, Summertime, 1943, Delaware Art Museum Edward Hopper, Summertime, 1943, Delaware Art Museum[/caption]

4. Office At Night

[caption id="attachment_5358" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edward Hopper drawing Edward Hopper sketches Edward Hopper, Study for Office at Night, 1940, Whitney Museum of American of Art Edward Hopper, Study for Office at Night, 1940, Whitney Museum of American of Art[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5359" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Edward Hopper drawing Edward Hopper sketches Edward Hopper, Office at Night, 1940, Whitney Museum of American of Art Edward Hopper, Office at Night, 1940, Whitney Museum of American of Art[/caption]

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