Edward Hopper

Early Sunday Morning
1930

On view
Floor 7

Artist
Edward Hopper

Title
Early Sunday Morning

Date
1930

Medium
Oil on canvas

Dimensions
Overall: 35 3/16 × 60 1/4 in. (89.4 × 153 cm)

Classification
Paintings

Credit line
Purchase, with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Accession number
31.426

Rights and reproductions information
© Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by the Whitney Museum of American Art

Description
Early Sunday Morning is one of Edward Hopper’s most iconic paintings. Although he described this work as "almost a literal translation of Seventh Avenue," Hopper reduced the New York City street to bare essentials. The lettering in the window signs is illegible, architectural ornament is loosely sketched, and human presence is merely suggested by the various curtains differentiating discrete apartments. The long, early morning shadows in the painting would never appear on a north-south street such as Seventh Avenue. Yet these very contrasts of light and shadow, and the succession of verticals and horizontals, create the charged, almost theatrical, atmosphere of empty buildings on an unpopulated street at the beginning of the day. Although Hopper is known as a quintessential twentieth-century American realist, and his paintings are fundamentally representational, this work demonstrates his emphasis on simplified forms, painterly surfaces, and studiously constructed compositions.



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