Hopper Drawing Audio Guide Playlist
An in-depth exploration of the connections between Edward Hopper’s drawings and paintings with commentary by Carter Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing at the Whitney.
CARTER FOSTER: Sun in an Empty Room, while not a bedroom scene in this section about the bedroom, exemplifies Hopper's interest in emptying things out. Oftentimes when you study Hopper's preparatory studies for a painting with the painting itself, you see this process. You see him putting things in the drawings that he ends up taking out in the paintings. If you look at Sun in an Empty Room against all of his previous bedroom pictures, you see this process working itself out. He's emptying out the room. He takes everything out of the room, except for perhaps the viewer. The viewer is implicated and he ends up painting sunlight on the side of a house, which is something he stated he wanted to do.
He reduces things down to their essences in this work, and it puts more onus on the viewer to come up with what the meaning is, because you don't have a figure to bounce off of. But in doing so, I think he comes to this distilled point where he was doing a lot of what he wanted to do in his art.
NARRATOR: This is the last stop on our tour. The final item on the program is a video. Exhibition curator Carter Foster offers a tour of Edward Hopper’s New York, focusing especially on the paintings Early Sunday Morning and Nighthawks. Please watch it when you find a comfortable spot!
- 300 Introduction to Hopper Drawing
- 301 Self-Portrait and Hand Studies, c. 1900
- 302 “What’s this? . . . Don’t, don’t—Hannah!”, 1925
- 303 Edward Hopper, Study for East Side Interior, 1922
- 304 Edward Hopper, The Camel’s Hump, 1931
- 305 Edward Hopper, Study for Ground Swell, 1939
- 306 Edward Hopper, Drawing from a Paris sketchbook, 1906-1907
- 307 Edward Hopper, Soir Bleu, 1914
- 308 Edward Hopper, Manhattan Bridge Loop, 1928, and two studies for Manhattan Bridge Loop, both 1928
- 309 Edward Hopper, Early Sunday Morning, 1930
- 309 2 Edward Hopper, Early Sunday Morning, 1930 — Level 2
- 310 Edward Hopper, Nighthawks, 1942
- 312 Edward Hopper, Study for Nighthawks, 1941 or 1942
- 313 Edward Hopper, New York Movie, 1939
- 315 Edward Hopper, Study for New York Movie (Palace Theatre), 1938
- 317 Edward Hopper, Office at Night, 1940
- 318 Edward Hopper, Study for Office at Night, 1940
- 319 Edward Hopper, Rooms for Tourists, 1945
- 320 Edward Hopper, Study for Route 6, Eastham, 1941
- 321 Edward Hopper, Road and Trees, 1962
- 323 Edward Hopper, Morning in a City, 1944, and A Woman in the Sun, 1961
- 324 Edward Hopper, Studies for Morning Sun, 1952
- 325 Edward Hopper, Sun in an Empty Room, 1963