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Continued: Insights into the enigmatic Edward Hopper in a new show at Walker Art Center

  • Article by: MARY ABBE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 14, 2014 - 2:54 PM

The show ends with paintings and drawings of that most intimate of spaces, the bedroom, a subject he returned to again and again. Typically Jo Hopper is alone there, gazing out a window toward a distant light, but always wrapped in melancholy silence.

“All of the pictures walk that perfect line of revealing a little, but not too much,” said Engberg. “He gets your imagination started but keeps everything ambiguous.”

Mary Abbe • 612-673-4431

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  • The finished painting, “Morning Sun,” resulted from several early versions. Hopper would often create 20 or more drawings for a given painting.

  • Hopper’s wife, Jo, posed for nearly all the female figures in his work, including the study at left for “Morning Sun” (finished painting at right). Hopper often made up to 20 sketches for each painting.

  • Hopper was 63 and his career well established when he sketched this self-portrait in 1945.

  • Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process

    When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. & Tue.-Wed.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu. Ends June 20.

    Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.

    Admission: $9-$14; free for 17 and younger and for all on Thursday evenings.

    Info: 612-375-7600 or

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