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Man Smoking a Cigar

Title Man Smoking a Cigar
Artist Edward Hopper
Markings Unsigned
Medium Pencil on paper
Dimensions 4" x 2 1/2" (13 3/8" x 11", framed)
Provenance The artist, until 1967; to his widow, Jo Hopper, until 1968; to private collection, until the present
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Commentary The subject of an African-American is rare in Hopper's body of work. The stylized features of the gentleman are close to caricature, yet forcefully convey his distinct personality. Dressed in a natty suit with flaring lapels and wearing a thick-brimmed bowler hat worn at a slight angle, he is presented in the act of blowing out smoke from between his lips. His left hand emerges from beneath his suit coat and is holding a cigar, which is emitting rounded plumes of smoke. The boundary contour-outlines of the head, hand, and upper torso are emphasized and add a dash of unpretentious wit. RPM
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