NYU Student

Title NYU Student
Artist Edward Hopper
Markings Signed E. Hopper, lower right
Medium Charcoal on paper
Dimensions 8 1/2" x 5 1/4" (17 3/4" x 15 1/8", framed)
Provenance The artist, until 1967; to his widow, Jo Hopper, until 1968; to private collection, until the present
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Commentary This drawing is representative of the anonymous members of various classes whom Hopper encountered on the streets of New York or invited to his Washington Square studio as models.
The simplification of outline and spare use of detail to indicate volume is used in the rear-view of the bulky fur coat the woman is wearing. Its soft formless shape hints at the voluptuous form beneath. The woman is primarily identified by this coat, lent additionally by her well-coffed long brunette hair, high-heel pumps and the object she is holding in front of her. This object suggests an extension of her right breast as she stands on a street corner waiting for the light to change.
A comparison between this drawing and Hoppers 1921 etching Evening Wind is telling in that in both sheets the face of the woman is not shown. In the etching, the face is obscured beneath the subject's long hair as it is tossed by a strong gust of air through the open window. RPM
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