Study for "Dutch Girl"

Title Study for "Dutch Girl"
Artist Edward Hopper
Markings Signed and dated (at lower right): E. Hopper (1900)
Medium Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions 3 1/4" x 2 1/2" (11 5/8" x 9 3/4", framed)
Provenance The artist, until 1967; to his widow, Jo Hopper, until 1968; to private collection, until the present
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Publications Edward Hopper, A Catalogue Raisonne' Volume III, page 5, fig. 6.1
The Complete Oil Paintings of Edward Hopper, page 5, fig. 6.1
Commentary This quiet little study presents crisp-edged anecdotal reality of simplified form against a startlingly plain background. The setting is indicated only by an upswept shadow behind the figure. Hopper either invented or copied a young Dutch girl in traditional costume complete with a long hat and wooden shoes, raking at a slight forward angle with her hands folded in front of her. Her demeanor is prim and proper, but she possesses gravity and stability. She personifies the sweet innocence of childhood, yet is a distant observer, surveying a scene in which she does not participate. Hopper captures this private moment of isolation, concentrating on the figure as a type rather than as a distinct human being. Remarkably economical in technique, the drawing may have been created in art class or after classroom drawing sessions. The sketch was completed seven years prior to Hopper's first visit to Holland where he visited Amsterdam and Holland. RPM
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