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Street Scene with Barbershop

Title Street Scene with Barbershop
Artist Edward Hopper
Markings Unsigned
Medium Charcoal on paper
Dimensions 7 1/4" x 9 1/4" (16 1/8" x 18 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 schematic working drawing served Hopper as a means of putting some "initial" ideas down on paper. Displaying his early interest in geometry and architectural motifs, the sketch captures the essence of the city street with a minimum of detail. Loosely drawn with spontaneity and flair, the dumpy storefronts are drawn with diagonal lines of convergence, which emphasize the recession of the street. Variations of window and door openings along with the diagonal barber pole and awnings are shown with a balance of vertical and horizontal planes at diminishing intervals in space.
In his 1930 oil painting Early Sunday Morning, Hopper transformed the diagonal orientation of the two-story shop fronts to a direct parallel view of the same buildings. In the oil, the morning light casts long shadows, which are barely hinted at in the charcoal drawing. RPM
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