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Identification and Creation

Object Number
1930.462
People
Edward Hopper, American (Nyack NY 1882 - 1967 New York NY)
Title
Highland Light
Other Titles
Former Title: Highland Light, North Truro
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1930
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/306540

Location

Location
Level 3, Room 3600, University Research Gallery
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Physical Descriptions

Medium
Watercolor and graphite on rough white wove paper
Dimensions
42.3 × 65.3 cm (16 5/8 × 25 11/16 in.)
Tacking margin surrounds image: 40.4 × 63.4 cm (15 7/8 × 24 15/16 in.)
mat: 61.3 × 81.9 cm (24 1/8 × 32 1/4 in.)
frame: 65.4 × 86.4 × 2.2 cm (25 3/4 × 34 × 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: olive watercolor, l.r.: Edward Hopper/ Cape Cod
  • exhibition label: removed from backing board, now in curatorial file, paper: S. E. no. 526, Works of Ten American Watercolor Painters [1939]
  • exhibition label: removed from backing board, now in curatorial file, paper: Reg. no. 85.
  • exhibition label: removed from old backing, now in curatorial file, paper: 33.993

Provenance

Recorded Ownership History
Edward Hopper; to [Rehn Galleries, New York, New York], 1930; sold to Fogg Art Museum, 1930.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Louise E. Bettens Fund
Accession Year
1930
Object Number
1930.462
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Publication History

  • Edward Hopper, Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, 1933), cat. no. 54, illustrated
  • Watercolors by Twelve Americans, exh. cat., Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA, 1933), cat. no. 32
  • William Germain Dooley, "Realist Trio Show Harvard Their Works", Boston Evening Transcript (Boston, MA, December 8, 1934), p. 6, ill.
  • Exhibition of Paintings by Edward Hopper, exh. cat., Arts Club of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1934), cat. no. 32
  • Five Americans, exh. cat., Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA, 1934), checklist no. 38
  • Watercolors by Contemporary Americans, exh. cat., Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA, 1935), cat. no. 13
  • Alan Burroughs, Limners and Likenesses: Three Centuries of American Painting, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 210
  • An Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors and Etchings by Edward Hopper, exh. cat., Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, PA, 1937), cat. no. 54
  • Ten American Watercolor Painters, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1939), checklist no. 38
  • Museum's Choice: Paintings by Contemporary Americans, exh. cat., Art Gallery of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1945), cat. no. 39
  • Lloyd Goodrich, Edward Hopper Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY, 1950), cat. no. 106
  • "Five Painters of America", Worcester Art Museum News Bulletin and Calendar (Worcester, MA, March 1955), XX
  • Painters by the Sea, exh. cat., Currier Museum of Art (Manchester, NH, 1956), checklist no. 4
  • Lloyd Goodrich, Edward Hopper, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY, 1964), cat. no. 107
  • Lloyd Goodrich, "Portrait of the Artist", Women's Day (February 1965), no. 29, pp. 37-41, 92, reproduced p. 40
  • Lloyd Goodrich, Edward Hopper, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1971)
  • Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 146, ill.
  • James N. Carpenter, Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1974), pp. 61-62, cat. 25, ill.
  • Donelson F. Hoopes, American Watercolor Painting, Watson-Guptill Publications (New York, NY, 1977), pp. 138, 150, pl. 42
  • Marjorie B. Cohn, Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1977), pp. 10, 17, 24, 37, 61, 98, cat. 25
  • Gail Levin, Hopper's Places, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (New York, NY, 1985), p. 70, fig. 11
  • Christopher Finch, American Watercolors, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1986), reproduced in b/w, p. 211, fig. 256
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), p. 260, cat. 304, ill.
  • Alexander Theroux, "Edward Hopper's Cape Cod", Art & Antiques (January 1990), VII, p. 58; reproduced p. 60
  • Kate F. Jennings, American Watercolors, Crescent Books (New York, NY, 1995), pp. 74-75
  • Maria Costantino, Edward Hopper, Barnes and Noble Books (New York, NY, 1995), p. 57
  • Gail Levin, Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY and London, England, 1995), W-248, repr.
  • Virginia M. Mecklenburg, Edward Hopper: The Watercolors, exh. cat., National Museum of American Art and W. W. Norton & Company (Washington, D.C and New York, NY, 1999), fig. 106 (color), pp. 102-103
  • Gail Levin, The Complete Watercolors of Edward Hopper, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2001), W-248, repr.
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., "American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950", American Art Review (April 2006), XVIII, no. 2, pp. 88-93, repr. p. 93
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Watercolors and Pastels 1875-1950 at the Fogg Art Museum, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist, repr. (n.p.)
  • Carol Troyen, Judith A. Barter, and Janet L. Comey, Edward Hopper, exh. cat., MFA Publications (Boston, MA, 2007), p. 147, cat. no. 75, repr. p. 150
  • Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, 2008), ill. p. 210
  • Melissa Renn, "Via Provincetown: The American Avant-Garde on Cape Cod, 1913-1966", Provincetown Art Association and Museum: A Century of Creativity, ed. Christine M. McCarthy, Provincetown Art Association and Museum (2014), p. fig.

Exhibition History

  • Unidentified Exhibition, Princeton University, 1931, Princeton University, Princeton, 12/28/1931 - 02/01/1932
  • Watercolors by 12 Americans, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 05/22/1933 - 06/26/1933
  • Edward Hopper, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 11/01/1933 - 12/07/1933
  • Hopper Exhibition, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, 12/01/1933 - 01/22/1934
  • Exhibition of Paintings by Edward Hopper, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, 01/02/1934 - 01/16/1934
  • Five Americans, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 05/19/1934 - 06/19/1934
  • Watercolors: Sheeler, Hopper, Burchfield, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/05/1934 - 12/31/1934
  • Watercolors by Contemporary Americans, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 05/22/1935 - 06/25/1935
  • Unidentified Exhibition, Fitchburg Art Association, 1935, Fitchburg Art Association, Fitchburg, 12/08/1935 - 12/31/1935
  • American Watercolors from the Museum's Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/01/1936 - 02/29/1936
  • An Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors and Etchings by Edward Hopper, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 03/11/1937 - 04/25/1937
  • Ten American Watercolor Painters, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 04/15/1939 - 05/07/1939
  • Unidentified Exhibition, Addison Gallery of American Art, 1940, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 01/13/1940 - 03/10/1940
  • Museum's Choice: Paintings by Contemporary Americans, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 02/03/1945 - 02/25/1945
  • Retrospective Exhibition of the Works of Edward Hopper, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 02/11/1950 - 03/26/1950; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 04/13/1950 - 05/14/1950; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 06/04/1950 - 07/02/1950
  • Five Painters of America, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, 02/17/1955 - 04/03/1955
  • Unidentified Exhibition, Thomas Crane Public Library, 1955, Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy, 08/15/1955 - 08/20/1955
  • Painters by the Sea, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, 07/18/1956 - 09/02/1956
  • Edward Hopper, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 09/29/1964 - 11/29/1964
  • Watercolors from the Fogg: An Historical Collection, St. Paul's School, Concord, 10/12/1971 - 11/20/1971
  • American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972
  • Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/25/1974 - 06/16/1974
  • Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/1977 - 06/22/1977
  • American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950, at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/2006 - 06/25/2006
  • Edward Hopper, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 05/06/2007 - 08/19/2007
  • American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/20/2023 - 08/13/2023

Verification Level

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