American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967), perhaps best known for his picture “Nighthawks” of a classic late-night New York diner, spent almost half of his 84 summers in Cape Cod.
He and his wife Josephine first came in the 1930s, when he was already financially secure in his career. They rented a home, but when Jo inherited some money in 1933, they bought land near Truro as a building plot for a three-room house. One room was a studio, facing the sea, but he never painted the view of Cape Cod Bay.
Hopper seemed to prefer to paint from his car and the more than 100 oils and watercolors of Cape Cod he produced show a fascination with light and architecture more than the landscape – which at that time was mostly treeless. Few of his paintings do not include a building but all show the remarkable light of the area, where the sea and sky mirror each other.
As the years passed, his pictures became almost abstract compositions of color and light – with more than a hint of Cubism – and rejection of the American Scene style that he felt caricatured American culture.
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