Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1985.43
Like John Sloan, whose work he admired, Edward Hopper’s compositions negotiated between intimate interior spaces and the teeming city that existed outside. Here, we observe a private moment as a woman kneels on the edge of a bed while peering out an open window, her attention seemingly caught by something outside. The movement from the billowing curtains brings the exterior into the interior space, fusing the two for a frozen moment. Details are limited; the space of the window is completely untouched, while the interior of the room features heavy crosshatching.
Hopper studied at the New York School of Art from 1900 until 1906, where he and George Bellows were classmates in some of Robert Henri’s classes. Hopper first explored urban themes in the etchings he made from 1915 to 1925 before moving on to paintings. Through these early prints, he developed his signature subject matter of isolated and contemplative figures.