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Tables for Ladies

Artist:
Edward Hopper (American, Nyack, New York 1882–1967 New York)
Date:
1930
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
48 1/4 x 60 1/4 in. (122.6 x 153 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.62
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 903
In Hopper’s Tables for Ladies, a waitress leans forward to adjust the vividly painted foods at the window as a couple sits quietly in the richly paneled and well-lit interior. A cashier attentively tends to business at her register. Though they appear weary and detached, these two women hold posts newly available to female city dwellers outside the home. The painting’s title alludes to a recent social innovation in which establishments advertised "tables for ladies" in order to welcome their newly mobile female customers, who, if seen dining alone in public previously, were assumed to be prostitutes.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): EDWARD HOPPER
[Frank K. M. Rehn Gallery, New York, 1930–31; sold to MMA]

Boston. Institute of Modern Art. "Ten Americans," October 20–November 21, 1943, no. 10.

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Edward Hopper Retrospective Exhibition," February 11–March 26, 1950, no. 37.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Edward Hopper Retrospective Exhibition," April 13–May 14, 1950, no. 37.

Detroit Institute of Arts. "Edward Hopper Retrospective Exhibition," June 4–July 2, 1950, no. 37.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Three Centuries of American Painting," April 9–October 17, 1965, unnum. checklist.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Great American Paintings from the Boston and Metropolitan Museums," November 30, 1970–January 10, 1971, no. 83.

Saint Louis, Mo. City Art Museum. "Great American Paintings from the Boston and Metropolitan Museums," January 28–March 7, 1971, no. 83.

Seattle Art Museum. "Great American Paintings from the Boston and Metropolitan Museums," March 25–May 9, 1971, no. 83.

Maine. William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum. "Edward Hopper 1882–1967: Oils, Watercolors, Etchings," July 9–September 15, 1971, no. 32.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "Edward Hopper 1882–1967: Oils, Watercolors, Etchings," September 22–October 31, 1971, no. 32.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selection One," February 1–April 28, 1985, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "14 Americans," July 16, 1990–January 2, 1991, unnum. checklist.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Edward Hopper," May 6–August 19, 2007, no. 102.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Edward Hopper," September 16, 2007–January 21, 2008, no. 102.

Art Institute of Chicago. "Edward Hopper," February 16–May 11, 2008, no. 102.

Thomas N. Maytham. Great American Paintings from the Boston and Metropolitan Museums. Exh. cat., Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, 1970, p. 130, no. 83, ill. p. 131.

Gail Levin. Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné. Vol. 3, Oils. New York, 1995, p. 205, no. O-274, ill.

Carol Troyen et al. Edward Hopper. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston, 2007, pp. 191, 196, 203, 242, no. 102, ill. pp. 176 (color detail), 185 (color).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York, 2012, p. 417, ill. (color).



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