Edward Hopper, ‘Studies from Life’, ca. 1900, Thurston Royce Gallery of Fine Art, LTD.

Hopper seemed never to tire of adapting and transforming the human head in his own mind through the art of drawing. In this sheet the quality of the pen and ink line is firm, direct and convincing. The contour shapes especially are rendered with a commanding linear precision. The six closely positioned heads, including two in profile, are organized around the central image of nattily dressed men who are drawn in the most "finished and detailed manner. This image attaches the mans head, with a distinctive handle-bar mustache, to a torso clothed in a crisp dress shirt, tie and vest complete with a watch bob chain, and matching shirtsleeve bands.
This figure likely represented someone familiar whom Hopper observed on a regular basis, such as a bartender, waiter, or store clerk.

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