Edward Hopper, ‘Couple’, ca. 1900, Thurston Royce Gallery of Fine Art, LTD.

Edward Hopper went to Paris in 1906 and again in 1908. For Hopper, Paris represented both intellectual and artistic attainment as well as romance. To him, France represented a romantic ideal, in fact, a symbol of longing. Hopper's early depictions of couples are optimistic, as illustrated in his 1898 sketch of a couple courting at the seaside beneath the full moon. In the years just before he married, Hopper, in the etching entitled "Les Deux Pigeons", depicted a couple passionately embracing, observed by a waiter-voyeur in a French outdoor cafe. This Elizabethan study of a couple embracing in an archway reminds us of William Shakespeare and the romantic tales of "Antony & Cleopatra".

Signature: Unsigned.

The artist, until 1967; to his widow, Jo Hopper, until 1968; to private collection, until the present.

About Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper defined 20th-century realism with his austere, eerie scenes that conveyed the alienation and isolation of modern life. Nighthawks (1942), a painting of three customers sitting at the counter of a diner late at night, is among his most famous works. The illusion of light pervades his paintings, which depict late 19th-century architecture, coastal views, and scenes of the city. Hopper’s characters, even when painted in groups, seem disconnected and lost in thought. "Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world," he said.

American, 1882-1967, Nyack, New York, based in Maine, Massachusetts and New York