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Edward Hopper Self-Portrait

Edward Hopper Self-Portrait
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Artist
Edward Hopper, 22 Jul 1882 - 15 May 1967
Sitter
Edward Hopper, 22 Jul 1882 - 15 May 1967
Date
1903
Type
Drawing
Medium
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions
Image: 45.6 x 30.7cm (17 15/16 x 12 1/16")
Sheet: 47.6 x 30.7cm (18 3/4 x 12 1/16")
Frame: 77.8 × 62 × 14.8 cm (30 5/8 × 24 7/16 × 5 13/16")
Topic
Self-portrait
Edward Hopper: Male
Edward Hopper: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Estate of Edward Hopper/ Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Object number
NPG.72.42
Exhibition Label
Edward Hopper was twenty-one when he sketched this quietly confident self-portrait. A student at the prestigious New York School of Art, Hopper earned awards for drawing and oil painting. One fellow student recalled that he produced “brilliant” drawings with impressive speed. This quick sketch reveals the influence of Hopper’s teacher, Robert Henri, in its informal pose and strong, loose strokes of charcoal. Hopper is dressed in a jacket and roll-neck sweater. Such sweaters were popular for masculine outdoor athletics, especially football and cycling. In part through his choice of clothing, Hopper depicts himself as youthful, unpretentious, and modern. Although two decades would pass before he gained recognition for his oddly mysterious realist painting, this drawing demonstrates a modern sensitivity to medium and self-representation. In 1935, Hopper remarked, “In every artist’s development the germ of the later work is always found in the earlier. . . . What he was once, he always is, with slight modifications.”
Edward Hopper tenía veintiún años cuando dibujó este autorretrato que proyecta una mesurada con- fianza. Para ese tiempo era alumno de la prestigiosa New York School of Art, donde obtuvo premios en dibujo y pintura al óleo. Un compañero de estudios recuerda que producía dibujos “geniales” a una velocidad impresionante. Este boceto revela la influencia de Robert Henri, maestro de Hopper, en la pose informal y los trazos fuertes y fluidos del carboncillo. Hopper lleva chaqueta y suéter con cuello de tortuga. Ese tipo de suéter era popular en los deportes masculinos, en particular fútbol y ciclismo. El atuendo ayuda a que Hopper se vea joven, natural y moderno. Aunque habrían de pasar dos décadas antes de que lograra fama por sus pinturas realistas, permeadas de un extraño misterio, este dibujo demuestra una sensibilidad moderna hacia el medio y la autorrepresentación. En 1935 Hopper comentó: “En la obra temprana de todo artista siempre se encuentra el germen de la obra posterior. […] Lo que fue una vez lo será siempre, con leves modificaciones”.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery