Exhibitions

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection




Edward Hopper
born Nyack, NY 1882–died New York City 1967

Cape Cod Morning
1950
oil on canvas
34 1/8 x 40 1/4 in.
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
1986.6.92
provenance: Frank K. M. Rehn., Inc., New York, 1955


In Cape Cod Morning, a woman looks out a bay window, riveted by something beyond the pictorial space. She is framed by tall, dark shutters and the shaded façade of the oriel window. The brilliant sunlight on the side of the house contrasts with the blue sky, trees, and golden grass that fill the right half of the canvas. The painting tells no story; instead, the woman's tense pose creates a sense of anxious anticipation, and the bifurcated image implies a dichotomy between her interior space and the world beyond.



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