Identification and Creation
Object Number
1930.462
People
Edward Hopper, American (Nyack NY 1882 - 1967 New York NY)
Title
Highland Light
Other Titles
Former Title: Highland Light, North Truro
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1930
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Watercolor over graphite on rough white wove paper
Dimensions
42.3 x 65.3 cm (16 5/8 x 25 11/16 in.)
Tacking margin surrounds image: 40.4 x 63.4 cm (15 7/8 x 24 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: olive watercolor, l.r.: Edward Hopper/ Cape Cod
  • exhibition label: removed from backing board, now in curatorial file, paper: S. E. no. 526, Works of Ten American Watercolor Painters [1939]
  • exhibition label: removed from backing board, now in curatorial file, paper: Reg. no. 85.
  • exhibition label: removed from old backing, now in curatorial file, paper: 33.993
Provenance
Edward Hopper; to [Rehn Galleries, New York, New York], 1930; sold to Fogg Art Museum, 1930.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Louise E. Bettens Fund
Accession Year
1930
Object Number
1930.462
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Edward Hopper, Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, NY, 1933), cat. no. 54, illustrated

Watercolors by Twelve Americans, exh. cat., Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA, 1933), cat. no. 32

William Germain Dooley, "Realist Trio Show Harvard Their Works", Boston Evening Transcript (Boston, MA, December 8, 1934), p. 6, ill.

Exhibition of Paintings by Edward Hopper, exh. cat., Arts Club of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1934), cat. no. 32

Five Americans, exh. cat., Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA, 1934), checklist no. 38

Watercolors by Contemporary Americans, exh. cat., Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA, 1935), cat. no. 13

Alan Burroughs, Limners and Likenesses: Three Centuries of American Painting, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 210

An Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors and Etchings by Edward Hopper, exh. cat., Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, PA, 1937), cat. no. 54

Ten American Watercolor Painters, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1939), checklist no. 38

Museum's Choice: Paintings by Contemporary Americans, exh. cat., Art Gallery of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1945), cat. no. 39

Lloyd Goodrich, Edward Hopper Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY, 1950), cat. no. 106

"Five Painters of America", Worcester Art Museum News Bulletin and Calendar (Worcester, MA, March 1955), XX

Painters by the Sea, exh. cat., Currier Museum of Art (Manchester, NH, 1956), checklist no. 4

Lloyd Goodrich, Edward Hopper, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY, 1964), cat. no. 107

Lloyd Goodrich, "Portrait of the Artist", Women's Day (February 1965), no. 29, pp. 37-41, 92, reproduced p. 40

Lloyd Goodrich, Edward Hopper, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1971)

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 146, ill.

James N. Carpenter, Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1974), pp. 61-62, cat. 25, ill.

Donelson F. Hoopes, American Watercolor Painting, Watson-Guptill Publications (New York, NY, 1977), pp. 138, 150, pl. 42

Marjorie B. Cohn, Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1977), pp. 10, 17, 24, 37, 61, 98, cat. 25

Gail Levin, Hopper's Places, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (New York, NY, 1985), p. 70, fig. 11

Christopher Finch, American Watercolors, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1986), reproduced in b/w, p. 211, fig. 256

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), p. 260, cat. 304, ill.

Alexander Theroux, "Edward Hopper's Cape Cod", Art & Antiques (January 1990), VII, p. 58; reproduced p. 60

Kate F. Jennings, American Watercolors, Crescent Books (New York, NY, 1995), pp. 74-75

Maria Costantino, Edward Hopper, Barnes and Noble Books (New York, NY, 1995), p. 57

Gail Levin, Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY and London, England, 1995), W-248, repr.

Virginia M. Mecklenburg, Edward Hopper: The Watercolors, exh. cat., National Museum of American Art and W. W. Norton & Company (Washington, D.C and New York, NY, 1999), fig. 106 (color), pp. 102-103

Gail Levin, The Complete Watercolors of Edward Hopper, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2001), W-248, repr.

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., "American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950", American Art Review (April 2006), XVIII, no. 2, pp. 88-93, repr. p. 93

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Watercolors and Pastels 1875-1950 at the Fogg Art Museum, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist, repr. (n.p.)

Carol Troyen, Judith A. Barter, and Janet L. Comey, Edward Hopper, exh. cat., MFA Publications (Boston, MA, 2007), p. 147, cat. no. 75, repr. p. 150

Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, 2008), ill. p. 210

Melissa Renn, "Via Provincetown: The American Avant-Garde on Cape Cod, 1913-1966", Provincetown Art Association and Museum: A Century of Creativity, ed. Christine M. McCarthy, Provincetown Art Association and Museum (2014), p. fig.

Exhibition History

Unidentified Exhibition, Princeton University, 1931, Princeton University, Princeton, 12/28/1931 - 02/01/1932

Watercolors by 12 Americans, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 05/22/1933 - 06/26/1933

Edward Hopper, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 11/01/1933 - 12/07/1933

Hopper Exhibition, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, 12/01/1933 - 01/22/1934

Exhibition of Paintings by Edward Hopper, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, 01/02/1934 - 01/16/1934

Five Americans, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 05/19/1934 - 06/19/1934

Watercolors: Sheeler, Hopper, Burchfield, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/05/1934 - 12/31/1934

Watercolors by Contemporary Americans, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 05/22/1935 - 06/25/1935

Unidentified Exhibition, Fitchburg Art Association, 1935, Fitchburg Art Association, Fitchburg, 12/08/1935 - 12/31/1935

American Watercolors from the Museum's Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/01/1936 - 02/29/1936

An Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors and Etchings by Edward Hopper, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 03/11/1937 - 04/25/1937

Ten American Watercolor Painters, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 04/15/1939 - 05/07/1939

Unidentified Exhibition, Addison Gallery of American Art, 1940, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 01/13/1940 - 03/10/1940

Museum's Choice: Paintings by Contemporary Americans, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 02/03/1945 - 02/25/1945

Retrospective Exhibition of the Works of Edward Hopper, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 02/11/1950 - 03/26/1950; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 04/13/1950 - 05/14/1950; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 06/04/1950 - 07/02/1950

Five Painters of America, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, 02/17/1955 - 04/03/1955

Unidentified Exhibition, Thomas Crane Public Library, 1955, Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy, 08/15/1955 - 08/20/1955

Painters by the Sea, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, 07/18/1956 - 09/02/1956

Edward Hopper, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 09/29/1964 - 11/29/1964

Watercolors from the Fogg: An Historical Collection, St. Paul's School, Concord, 10/12/1971 - 11/20/1971

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/25/1974 - 06/16/1974

Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/1977 - 06/22/1977

American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950, at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/2006 - 06/25/2006

Edward Hopper, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 05/06/2007 - 08/19/2007

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art at am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu