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: So Soir Bleu is what I call Hopper's French picture. It's an homage, in a way, to many cross-currents in French artistic life at the end of the nineteenth century.
NARRATOR: The painting takes great interest in different social types, depicting a working-class man at left, a prostitute and a clown in the center, and a bourgeois couple at right. The individuals and figure groups don’t interact with each other. The painting is a synthesis of many trends in French art at the end of the nineteenth century, especially in its focus on café and street culture popularized by Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, both artists Hopper cared about deeply.
Hopper painted Soir Bleu when he got back to New York: it was a summation of his experience in Paris. Not long after its completion he showed it along with a painting of a New York street. Critics were generally positive about the New York painting, but they were less enthusiastic about Soir Bleu. Hopper loved French culture, and he must have disagreed with his critics. But he rolled the painting up and put it in storage. It wasn’t seen again until long after Hopper’s death. After Soir Bleu, Hopper focused almost exclusively on American subjects.
- 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