Thursday, January 13, 2011

More Photos from Edward Hopper's Cape Cod Studio


Here's a Hopper oil from the 1930's, Hill, South Truro, now in the Cleveland Museum of Art. More than any other painting I know it captures the look of the area around Hopper's Truro studio in the years he lived there from the '30's until the '60's.  

I was asked to post the rest of the photos I've taken up in and around Hopper's studio and provide some commentary, and that follows. I now have all 36 such photos gathered together in one place on my website. That means you can visit the largest collection of original photographs of Hopper's studio online by visiting my website's Hopper Studio page.





This is looking at the Hopper studio from its north side. My wife Alice is walking up the path that winds its way down to the beach on Cape Cod Bay. Hopper used to walk down this path to go swimming, typically usually alone. A lot of the time it's really windy up on the top of this dune.



                                             

This is the view looking back up at the studio from that path leading down to the beach.



Here's Alice drinking coffee sitting in Hopper's kitchen (she's always cold when we go up there so she's clutching the cup). The chairs and table are Hopper's.




And this is a viewer view of the kitchen with the open door leading to the stairs down the steep hillside to the driveway. How's that for "Hopper light"!




And here's the other side of the kitchen. The lettering on the coffee cup reads "Truro."






This is the view of Hopper's painting room. He used to have his easel stationed just to the right of the large studio window. The window originally had many separate panes of glass but their collective weight caused the window to sag over time, leading to some of the glass cracking. So the entire window had to be replaced with modern glass. It still provides the fabulous unchanging north light all day long in the studio.




Here's Hopper's easel (now placed in the corner of the room to the left of the large window in the previous photo). Hopper's easel was an ordinary upright easel just like the ones widely in use today. Hanging on the easel is one of his painting shirts and one of his hats. Hanging off the right side of the easel is Hopper's mahlstick (painter's stick, used to steady the artist's hand when doing details- Hopper's was a nice, tapered, rounded and a nice rubber ball on the end). I had placed some of the pastel drawings I was working on on the easel to study them.



Here's me painting in the studio in front of the painting room's doorway looking out to Cape Cod Bay. At the left is the doorway to Hopper's bedroom.




Here's my wife Alice in front of that same doorway. This is the doorway that inspired Hopper's famous oil Rooms by the Sea.




Hopper's bedroom viewed from the painting room. The bedroom is very small with two tiny closets. Hopper saved all the available space in the structure to let his painting room take up fully half the house.
That didn't leave much room for everything else, so the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom are tiny. It's funny as Hopper was something like 6' 6", so he must have barely fit.







Hopper's studio viewed from the beginning of the path that leads up the hill from the beach on Cape Cod Bay. It's quite a hike- try carrying an easel loaded with oil paints up it sometime.





This is the view of the studio from the "main" road- a rutted sandy dirt road you have to drive on slowly. That's the top of Hopper's sandy driveway at the left.








This is the south side of the house- the window at the left is the bedroom, the right window is the kitchen. And that's the main entrance to the studio through the kitchen at the far right.






The south side of the studio, Hopper's clothesline, and at the left the steps to a deck that was built by the studio's present owner in 1983.





The southwest corner of the studio, the added deck. The adirondack chairs were Hopper's. In the far distance the thin finger of land is Provincetown jutting out into Cape Cod Bay.

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting these Philip. It is simply magical to see them so I can only imagine how it feels to actually be there and live and work in that house. I had not see the one of the easel with his jacket and hat hanging there and I gasped when I saw it-as if he just stepped away for a moment.

    You wrote something yesterday about how as artists we often catch a glimpse of something- a conversation that has been going on all the time, as you described it. I think that is perfect description. I know I feel that when I am out in the woods and fields near my home (which is what I paint). Solitude and observation lead us there. Every once in a while I get some of that on canvas.

    The whispers of that conversation must be everywhere at Hopper's studio.

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  2. My favorite is the view of the house from the the beach path.
    Don't be surprised if it appears in one of my paintings some day.
    Joe

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  3. Deborah, thanks for your comments. Solitude and observation- those are great secret ingredients, aren't they. It's funny being an artist- we need some sense of community with other artists badly (both from real living artists and from those artists who've gone down the path before us). And yet for most of us we need to get off by ourselves a whole lot too. Getting into that creative frame of mind is a fragile thing, and we can get distracted out of it so easily.

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  4. These pictures are great. I love that I can view Hopper's studio without traveling to Cape Cod.

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  5. Great tour of this American Landmark!

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  6. Bio, a great American landmark is exactly what it is!

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  7. Fantastic! Is there a residency program that one can apply for to stay and paint there? Do see when I google....

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  8. Dear Anonymous, I became personal frieds with the owners of the studio (a private home) when they began collecting my paintings many years ago. The studio is not open to the public nor is there a residency program.

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    1. Lucky you! Please let me know if the owners want any new artist friends!

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