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Edward Hopper (American, Nyack, New York 1882–1967 New York)

Oil on canvas
H. 28, W. 40 inches (71.1 x 101.6 cm.)
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1953
Accession Number:
  • Description

    The Metropolitan Museum acquired this painting shortly after it was completed in late October 1953. Begun in Cape Cod over the summer and finished in New York City, it was the only oil painting Hopper produced that year. Reprising one of his signature subjects—a solitary figure, physically and emotionally detached from his surroundings and other people—it was described by the artist’s wife as "the man in concrete wall."

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed (lower right): EDWARD HOPPER

  • Exhibition History

    Passedoit Gallery: May 3-29, 1954

    Washington, D.C.: Institute of Contemporary Arts, Corcoran Gallery: May 14-June 30, 1955.

    AFA: A Collector's Choice. (circulating exhibtion) September 1955-September 1956.

    Whitney Museum of American Art: September 29-November 29, 1964, Edward Hopper. No. 60.

    Sao Paulo, Brazil: Museum of Modern Art, September 22, 1967-January 8, 1968, Edward Hopper and Environment, U.S.A, 1957-1967(organiaed by National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C. for IX Sao Paulo Bienal). No. 32, illustrated.

    Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, September 20-November 28, 1971, Edward Hopper.

    Birmingham Museum of Art: February 27-March 26, 1972.

    San Juan, Puerto Rico: Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, April 19- June 2, 1974, Twentieth Century Art: U.S.A. from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 7 p. 23-24 (discussed).

    Moscow" The Pushkin Museum, December 15, 1977-February 15-1978;
    Leningrad: The Hermitage, March 15-May 15, 1978; Minsk: Palace of Art,
    June 15-August 15, 1978 (returned August 6); Representations of America: 100 Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum. (the catalogue was never published by the Russian museums as promised.)

    Milan, Italy: Palazzo Reale, October 26, 1974-January 15, 1975, Search for Identity.

    Southampton, New York: The Parrish Art Museum, September 25-December 31, 1977, 20th Century American Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. No. 10, illus. p.19.

    Brussels, Belgium: Palais des Beaux-Arts, June 28-August 23, 1978, La peinture Americaine au 20e siecle de la collection du Metropolitan Museum of Art. no.10 illus.

    AFA (travelling exhibition): Jacksonville Art Museum, Florida, February 9-
    April 14, 1985; Oklahoma Museum of Art, May 5-June 30, 1985; National Academy of Design, New York, June 14-September 1, 1985; Terra Museum of American Art, Evanston, Ill. September 22-November 10, 1985;
    Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, December 1-January 19, 1986; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, February 9-March 30, 1986; Minnesota Museum of Art, Saint Paul, April 20-June 8, 1986. The Figure in 20th Century Art: Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. illus. p.91, discussed p. 90, ( according to the artist, this was painted in August and September of 1953 in Truro, Massachusetts. It had just been completed, and therefore never exhibited, when the Museum acquired it).

    New York: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, March 14-April 18, 1987, Edward Hopper: Early and Late-Drawings, Watercolors and Paintings. Fig. 62,
    p.32 (illus.).

    France: Musee Cantini, June 24-September 24, 1989.

    Museum Folkwang Essen. ¦Edward Hopper und die Fotografie¦, June 28-September 27, 1992. pg. 55, illus.

    New York: The Whitney Museum of American Art, June 22-October 15, 1995. ¦Edward Hopper and The American Imagination¦. Exh. cat., pl. 10 (illus. in color).

    London: Tate Modern, May 27-September 5, 2004; Museum Ludwig, October 9, 2004-January 9, 2005; Edward Hopper. pp.204-205, illus. in color.

    New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Art Gallery, June 6-September 4, 2006; MMA: September 24, 2007-January 30, 2008, Reciprocal loan for
    The Clark Brothers Collect Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso.

  • References

    Levin, Gail. Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, Volume III: Oils, (New York, London: Whitney Museum of American Art and W.W. Norton & Company, 1995) cat. no. O-349, ill. pg. 347

  • See also