Edward Hopper, ‘Three Studies of a Woman’, ca. 1900, Thurston Royce Gallery of Fine Art, LTD.

A meticulous study of light and shadow, this drawing captures the surface contours of arms, head and drapery. The white chalk highlights on gray paper are handled with a sure technique and molds the light in tones of delicate or dark gray. Hopper is here working out various ideas for the placement of the arm and hand in preparation for a future painting. He sketches two views of the sitters arm and shoulder from the side and the back, along with one version of the head in profile.

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