De Hirsh Margules, Mother Ann Lighthouse, Eastern Point, Gloucester, 1946. Gouache on paper. Gift of Jean M. Horblit, 2002. [Acc. #2002.004.002]
In the early 20th Century, Cape Ann served as a pivotal outlet for Edward Hopper, the renowned American artist. Hopper’s exploration of technique and image along the north-east coastline kick-started his successful career.
Artwork from this important period of Hopper’s life will be displayed in the Cape Ann Museum until October 16.
The exhibit indeed shows a great variety of Hopper’s work, but more prominent is the storyline that flows through the collection, notably the inclusion of his wife, muse, and agent, Josephine “Jo” Nivison Hopper.
Before Edward reached his fame, Jo was already an established artist. Her work was displayed in museums in New York City, and she had a teaching degree in art from what is now Hunter College in New York.