De Hirsh Margules, Mother Ann Lighthouse, Eastern Point, Gloucester, 1946. Gouache on paper. Gift of Jean M. Horblit, 2002. [Acc. #2002.004.002]
Edward Hopper, one of the foremost American painters of the 20th century, launched his fame by creating visions of Gloucester. Now the Cape Ann Museum is preparing to display his works.
In 1923, Edward Hopper escaped the summer heat of New York City to take up temporary residence in a Gloucester boarding house. During his stay the artist- who turned 41 that summer- created a series of watercolor paintings of old houses and street scenes across the maritime city. The visit proved pivotal for Hopper (1882-1967), whose watercolors from that summer earned him his first real fame and set him on a path to becoming one of the foremost American painters of the 20th century.