Thank you Mrs. Hopper

Hopper's A Woman in the sun
A Woman in the Sun, 1961

Josephine Nivison was a teacher, artist and actress. In 1923, at the age of 41, she married the painter Edward Hopper. He was 42. They lived in a small studio apartment near Washington Square in New York and as they led a somewhat hermetic existence, they were often with each other 24/7. She was the only female model he used, including for the painting above.

But their’s was anything but an idyllic marriage. In her diaries she described scratching him and biting him “to the bone.” He, on the other hand, “cuffed” her, slapped her face and banged her head on the wall. A friend of the couple said that every time he visited them they seemed on the verge of divorce. But they stayed together for 43 years, until his death in 1967. 

After his death, she bequeathed all of his remaining work, more than 3,000 pieces, as well as her own, to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Here are a few of Hopper’s works from the Whitney Collection.  

Queensboro Bridge, Edward Hopper
Queensboro Bridge, 1913


Soir Bleu, Edward Hopper
Soir Bleu, 1914
New York Interior, Edward Hopper
New York Interior, 1921
Self Portrait, Edward Hopper
Self Portrait, 1925-30
Hopper's Railroad Sunset
Railroad Sunset, 1929
Hopper's Apartment Houses
Apartment Houses, East River , 1930
Hopper's Early Sunday Morning
Early Sunday Morning, 1930
Three Studies of the Artist's Hand, Edward Hopper
Three Studies of the Artist’s Hands, 1943
Hopper's Seven A.M.
Seven A.M., 1948
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7 Responses to Thank you Mrs. Hopper

  1. It saddens me that works of art are oftentimes the fruit of emotional pain and physical abuse. After such a contentious marital union, I would not want to be surrounded by the work of my abuser.

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  2. Henry Lewis says:

    Honestly, I would have very much disliked being their next door neighbor in the apartment building where they lived.

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  3. Donna Janke says:

    I quite like the paintings, but what a tempestuous and toxic personal life!

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  4. allenrizzi says:

    Personalities aside, self portraits have to be the hardest things to do for an artist.

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  5. Bumba says:

    Thanks for these.

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