The exhibition introduces visitors to paintings by Edward Hopper from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The exhibited canvases were created at the beginning of the career of the iconic American artist, when he lived and visited Paris. In 1906, after art training with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henry at the New York School of Art, Edward Hopper (b. 1882, Upper Nyack, NY; d. 1967, New York, NY) lived in Paris for a year, and later returned for a shorter period in 1909 and 1910. The works provided by the Whitney Museum - quiet urban scenes with no people - are important early examples, written before Hopper returned to the United States and began creating his images of American life. In Paris, Hopper enjoyed observing and filming daily life in the streets, as well as visiting exhibitions to see the latest manifestations of contemporary art. His picturesque views of the Parisian landscape are rendered in stark contrasts of light and dark, framed from high vantage points and bright angles, heralding the elements that will become the hallmark of his mature work.