South Carolina Morning
Not on view
Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 3/8 × 40 1/4in. (77.2 × 102.2 cm)
Given in memory of Otto L. Spaeth by his Family
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© Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper/Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
From April 1 to May 11, 1929, Edward Hopper and his wife, Josephine Nivison Hopper, visited Charleston, South Carolina. During their trip to the surrounding countryside, the Hoppers encountered a woman who stood in front of her cabin but retreated indoors when her husband came home. Many years later, Hopper revisited this chance meeting in South Carolina Morning, the only painting in his oeuvre that depicts an African American woman. Here, she stands poised on the steps of a building surrounded by an austere slab of sidewalk, which is the only transitional element between the structure and a vast plain of sea grass that extends to the horizon.