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EDWARD HOPPER (1882-1967)

 
"Spindly Locusts" (1936) depicts the placid Cape Cod Landscape, Hopper's favored summer destination. Trips to the Cape would be an escape for the artist; the frenetic life Hopper led in New York City required periods of peace, tranquility, and self-reflection. He painted this piece en plein air near Pamet Point Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
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<br>In this landscape composition, Hopper explores space and light. Gail Levin, the foremost authority on the life and work of Edward Hopper, wrote: "Light was the language through which Hopper expressed the forms and views before him. His watercolors were simply recordings of his observations, painted almost entirely out-of-doors, directly before his subject matter" (Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 65-6).  
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<br>The scarcity of Edward Hopper's work available privately is notable, and "Spindly Locusts" is a remarkable example in excellent condition. Out of the 357 watercolors Hopper created, 215 are in museum collections worldwide, where they will likely remain. Of his oil paintings, only 45 are in private collections out of the 366 that exist. The present work offers a unique opportunity for a collector to be only the third owner of this watercolor in its 80+ year history since its creation in 1936. "Spindly Locusts" (1936) depicts the placid Cape Cod Landscape, Hopper's favored summer destination. Trips to the Cape would be an escape for the artist; the frenetic life Hopper led in New York City required periods of peace, tranquility, and self-reflection. He painted this piece en plein air near Pamet Point Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
<br>
<br>In this landscape composition, Hopper explores space and light. Gail Levin, the foremost authority on the life and work of Edward Hopper, wrote: "Light was the language through which Hopper expressed the forms and views before him. His watercolors were simply recordings of his observations, painted almost entirely out-of-doors, directly before his subject matter" (Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 65-6).  
<br>
<br>The scarcity of Edward Hopper's work available privately is notable, and "Spindly Locusts" is a remarkable example in excellent condition. Out of the 357 watercolors Hopper created, 215 are in museum collections worldwide, where they will likely remain. Of his oil paintings, only 45 are in private collections out of the 366 that exist. The present work offers a unique opportunity for a collector to be only the third owner of this watercolor in its 80+ year history since its creation in 1936. "Spindly Locusts" (1936) depicts the placid Cape Cod Landscape, Hopper's favored summer destination. Trips to the Cape would be an escape for the artist; the frenetic life Hopper led in New York City required periods of peace, tranquility, and self-reflection. He painted this piece en plein air near Pamet Point Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
<br>
<br>In this landscape composition, Hopper explores space and light. Gail Levin, the foremost authority on the life and work of Edward Hopper, wrote: "Light was the language through which Hopper expressed the forms and views before him. His watercolors were simply recordings of his observations, painted almost entirely out-of-doors, directly before his subject matter" (Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 65-6).  
<br>
<br>The scarcity of Edward Hopper's work available privately is notable, and "Spindly Locusts" is a remarkable example in excellent condition. Out of the 357 watercolors Hopper created, 215 are in museum collections worldwide, where they will likely remain. Of his oil paintings, only 45 are in private collections out of the 366 that exist. The present work offers a unique opportunity for a collector to be only the third owner of this watercolor in its 80+ year history since its creation in 1936. "Spindly Locusts" (1936) depicts the placid Cape Cod Landscape, Hopper's favored summer destination. Trips to the Cape would be an escape for the artist; the frenetic life Hopper led in New York City required periods of peace, tranquility, and self-reflection. He painted this piece en plein air near Pamet Point Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
<br>
<br>In this landscape composition, Hopper explores space and light. Gail Levin, the foremost authority on the life and work of Edward Hopper, wrote: "Light was the language through which Hopper expressed the forms and views before him. His watercolors were simply recordings of his observations, painted almost entirely out-of-doors, directly before his subject matter" (Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 65-6).  
<br>
<br>The scarcity of Edward Hopper's work available privately is notable, and "Spindly Locusts" is a remarkable example in excellent condition. Out of the 357 watercolors Hopper created, 215 are in museum collections worldwide, where they will likely remain. Of his oil paintings, only 45 are in private collections out of the 366 that exist. The present work offers a unique opportunity for a collector to be only the third owner of this watercolor in its 80+ year history since its creation in 1936. "Spindly Locusts" (1936) depicts the placid Cape Cod Landscape, Hopper's favored summer destination. Trips to the Cape would be an escape for the artist; the frenetic life Hopper led in New York City required periods of peace, tranquility, and self-reflection. He painted this piece en plein air near Pamet Point Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
<br>
<br>In this landscape composition, Hopper explores space and light. Gail Levin, the foremost authority on the life and work of Edward Hopper, wrote: "Light was the language through which Hopper expressed the forms and views before him. His watercolors were simply recordings of his observations, painted almost entirely out-of-doors, directly before his subject matter" (Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 65-6).  
<br>
<br>The scarcity of Edward Hopper's work available privately is notable, and "Spindly Locusts" is a remarkable example in excellent condition. Out of the 357 watercolors Hopper created, 215 are in museum collections worldwide, where they will likely remain. Of his oil paintings, only 45 are in private collections out of the 366 that exist. The present work offers a unique opportunity for a collector to be only the third owner of this watercolor in its 80+ year history since its creation in 1936. "Spindly Locusts" (1936) depicts the placid Cape Cod Landscape, Hopper's favored summer destination. Trips to the Cape would be an escape for the artist; the frenetic life Hopper led in New York City required periods of peace, tranquility, and self-reflection. He painted this piece en plein air near Pamet Point Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
<br>
<br>In this landscape composition, Hopper explores space and light. Gail Levin, the foremost authority on the life and work of Edward Hopper, wrote: "Light was the language through which Hopper expressed the forms and views before him. His watercolors were simply recordings of his observations, painted almost entirely out-of-doors, directly before his subject matter" (Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 65-6).  
<br>
<br>The scarcity of Edward Hopper's work available privately is notable, and "Spindly Locusts" is a remarkable example in excellent condition. Out of the 357 watercolors Hopper created, 215 are in museum collections worldwide, where they will likely remain. Of his oil paintings, only 45 are in private collections out of the 366 that exist. The present work offers a unique opportunity for a collector to be only the third owner of this watercolor in its 80+ year history since its creation in 1936. "Spindly Locusts" (1936) depicts the placid Cape Cod Landscape, Hopper's favored summer destination. Trips to the Cape would be an escape for the artist; the frenetic life Hopper led in New York City required periods of peace, tranquility, and self-reflection. He painted this piece en plein air near Pamet Point Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
<br>
<br>In this landscape composition, Hopper explores space and light. Gail Levin, the foremost authority on the life and work of Edward Hopper, wrote: "Light was the language through which Hopper expressed the forms and views before him. His watercolors were simply recordings of his observations, painted almost entirely out-of-doors, directly before his subject matter" (Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 65-6).  
<br>
<br>The scarcity of Edward Hopper's work available privately is notable, and "Spindly Locusts" is a remarkable example in excellent condition. Out of the 357 watercolors Hopper created, 215 are in museum collections worldwide, where they will likely remain. Of his oil paintings, only 45 are in private collections out of the 366 that exist. The present work offers a unique opportunity for a collector to be only the third owner of this watercolor in its 80+ year history since its creation in 1936. "Spindly Locusts" (1936) depicts the placid Cape Cod Landscape, Hopper's favored summer destination. Trips to the Cape would be an escape for the artist; the frenetic life Hopper led in New York City required periods of peace, tranquility, and self-reflection. He painted this piece en plein air near Pamet Point Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
<br>
<br>In this landscape composition, Hopper explores space and light. Gail Levin, the foremost authority on the life and work of Edward Hopper, wrote: "Light was the language through which Hopper expressed the forms and views before him. His watercolors were simply recordings of his observations, painted almost entirely out-of-doors, directly before his subject matter" (Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 65-6).  
<br>
<br>The scarcity of Edward Hopper's work available privately is notable, and "Spindly Locusts" is a remarkable example in excellent condition. Out of the 357 watercolors Hopper created, 215 are in museum collections worldwide, where they will likely remain. Of his oil paintings, only 45 are in private collections out of the 366 that exist. The present work offers a unique opportunity for a collector to be only the third owner of this watercolor in its 80+ year history since its creation in 1936. "Spindly Locusts" (1936) depicts the placid Cape Cod Landscape, Hopper's favored summer destination. Trips to the Cape would be an escape for the artist; the frenetic life Hopper led in New York City required periods of peace, tranquility, and self-reflection. He painted this piece en plein air near Pamet Point Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
<br>
<br>In this landscape composition, Hopper explores space and light. Gail Levin, the foremost authority on the life and work of Edward Hopper, wrote: "Light was the language through which Hopper expressed the forms and views before him. His watercolors were simply recordings of his observations, painted almost entirely out-of-doors, directly before his subject matter" (Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 65-6).  
<br>
<br>The scarcity of Edward Hopper's work available privately is notable, and "Spindly Locusts" is a remarkable example in excellent condition. Out of the 357 watercolors Hopper created, 215 are in museum collections worldwide, where they will likely remain. Of his oil paintings, only 45 are in private collections out of the 366 that exist. The present work offers a unique opportunity for a collector to be only the third owner of this watercolor in its 80+ year history since its creation in 1936. "Spindly Locusts" (1936) depicts the placid Cape Cod Landscape, Hopper's favored summer destination. Trips to the Cape would be an escape for the artist; the frenetic life Hopper led in New York City required periods of peace, tranquility, and self-reflection. He painted this piece en plein air near Pamet Point Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
<br>
<br>In this landscape composition, Hopper explores space and light. Gail Levin, the foremost authority on the life and work of Edward Hopper, wrote: "Light was the language through which Hopper expressed the forms and views before him. His watercolors were simply recordings of his observations, painted almost entirely out-of-doors, directly before his subject matter" (Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 65-6).  
<br>
<br>The scarcity of Edward Hopper's work available privately is notable, and "Spindly Locusts" is a remarkable example in excellent condition. Out of the 357 watercolors Hopper created, 215 are in museum collections worldwide, where they will likely remain. Of his oil paintings, only 45 are in private collections out of the 366 that exist. The present work offers a unique opportunity for a collector to be only the third owner of this watercolor in its 80+ year history since its creation in 1936.
Spindly Locusts193620 1/4 x 25 3/4 in. watercolor and pencil on paper
Provenance
Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries, New York
Norman and Helene Cahners, Santuit, Massachusetts, 1961 (acquired from the above)
By descent to Heirs of Helene Rabb Cahners
Sotheby’s New York, American Art, Dec. 04, 2013, Lot 58
Private Collection, New York
Literature
Artist's Record Book, vol. II, p. 45, s.v. 1936
Gail Levin, Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, no. W-310, p. 279, illustrated in color Gail Levin, Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography, New York, 2007, p. 286
"Spindly Locusts" (1936) depicts the placid Cape Cod Landscape, Hopper's favored summer destination. Trips to the Cape would be an escape for the artist; the frenetic life Hopper led in New York City required periods of peace, tranquility, and self-reflection. He painted this piece en plein air near Pamet Point Road in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

In this landscape composition, Hopper explores space and light. Gail Levin, the foremost authority on the life and work of Edward Hopper, wrote: "Light was the language through which Hopper expressed the forms and views before him. His watercolors were simply recordings of his observations, painted almost entirely out-of-doors, directly before his subject matter" (Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1995, p. 65-6).

The scarcity of Edward Hopper's work available privately is notable, and "Spindly Locusts" is a remarkable example in excellent condition. Out of the 357 watercolors Hopper created, 215 are in museum collections worldwide, where they will likely remain. Of his oil paintings, only 45 are in private collections out of the 366 that exist. The present work offers a unique opportunity for a collector to be only the third owner of this watercolor in its 80+ year history since its creation in 1936.
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