Cape Cod Morning

  • Edward Hopper, Cape Cod Morning, 1950, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.92

Exhibition Label

In Cape Cod Morning, a woman looks out a bay window, riveted by something beyond the pictorial space. She is framed by tall, dark shutters and the shaded façade of the oriel window. The brilliant sunlight on the side of the house contrasts with the blue sky, trees, and golden grass that fill the right half of the canvas. The painting tells no story; instead, the woman’s tense pose creates a sense of anxious anticipation, and the bifurcated image implies a dichotomy between her interior space and the world beyond.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

Publication Label

Edward Hopper is one of America's best known and most time-honored artists. A realist who was internationally acclaimed during his lifetime, Hopper painted characteristic American subjects, from movie theaters and restaurants to New England lighthouses. The still pose of the figure and dramatic light and shadow in Cape Cod Morning evoke tense anticipation in an isolated place.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Title
Cape Cod Morning
Artists
Date
1950
On View
Dimensions
34 1/8 x 40 1/4 in. (86.7 x 102.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Landscape – Massachusetts – Cape Cod
  • Figure female – knee length
  • Landscape – time – morning
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – house
Object Number
1986.6.92
Palette
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