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Double House, Gloucester, c. 1923-1928

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Double House, Gloucester is typical of Edward Hopper’s approach to architectural subjects. It was executed in the 1920s, during one of the artist’s several trips to the Massachusetts seaside village of Gloucester. Hopper drew this Greek Revival wood-frame house from across the street, cropping out nearby structures to isolate his subject. The two-family house looms large within the composition, its slightly elevated position lending an even more imposing presence. Hopper rendered the complex formal structure in bold outline, precisely delineating the arrangement of windows, shutters, doors, and rchitectural details. Though it has no observable inhabitants, the solitary dwelling conceals an implicit human presence, a suspended narrative, suggested by the alternating pattern of open and shuttered windows that evokes the ebb and flow of daily life.

Details
Title
Double House, Gloucester
Artist Life
1882 - 1967
Role
Artist
Accession Number
86.113
Provenance
[Frank K. M. Rehn Gallery, New York, until 1957; sold for $150* to Hillstrom]; Richard Lewis Hillstrom, Saint Paul (1957-86; gave to MIA) *as reported by Hillstrom in 1993 Star Tribune article
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