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A Hopper for San Francisco

March 23, 2012

Edward Hopper, Intermission, 1963; oil on canvas, 40 x 60 in.; collection SFMOMA, purchase in part through gifts of the Fisher and Schwab families; © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by the Whitney Museum of American Art; photo: courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

The San Francisco Museum of Art has just acquired a late work by the iconic 20th century American painter Edward Hopper. Intermission is a large (40″x60″) late (1963) work that has all the hallmarks of a classic Hopper painting including the isolated individual, dramatic cropping of space and muted tonalities. More from the Museum’s press release (courtesy ArtDaily):

In the last years of his life, Hopper, who was never prolific, made only two complete works each year—one in the spring and one in the fall. Intermission was painted in March and April of 1963, and was one of the last four paintings that Hopper finished before his death in 1967. Measuring 40 by 60 inches, it is among his largest paintings and evokes the artist’s signature dramatic cropping of cinematic camera angles, and the high-keyed lighting of stagecraft, both of which add an emotive and artificial sensation to his tightly controlled, understated narrative.

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