notes. These are not preliminary
sketches, but thumbnails of works
Hopper already had completed
along with information about the
painting, date of the painting, size,
where it was painted, materials
used, purchaser, price, etc., added
by both Hopper and his wife Josephine. For example, Hopper notes
that Hotel by a Railroad was 31 x
40" ( 79 x 102 cm), painted in May,
1952, in his New York Studio, with
Winsor and Newton paints. Jose-
phine Hopper added the description
of a seated woman and a man stand-
ing by the window. She writes, “. . .
burnt sienna R. R. tracks. Emphasis
on mood. Wife better watch hus-
band and tracks below window.”
This painting sold in 1954 for
$3500, of which Hopper received
two thirds after commission. By
1962, Hopper was receiving much
more for his paintings, and records
of payments went into the journal.
Anecdotes include a description of a
missed sale and notes by Josephine
on “E. H.”—his health, jury duty,
and other comments.
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zoom, and as a moving tool.
While preliminary sketches are
useful in studying an artist’s meth-
ods and processes, this journal gives
an insight into both the business of
art and Hopper’s personality.
—Rebecca Arkenberg is a museum consul-
tant from Stratford, Connecticut.
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