Italian Quarter, Gloucester (1912). Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art.
From Edward Hopper’s New England (1993, Pomegranate Artbooks), by Carl Little: “Even more in line with his later work is Italian Quarter, Gloucester. In this canvas, Hopper already displays his fascination with architectural configurations, how one roofline plays off against another, how windows lend a structure personality, how a house sits in its surroundings. One thinks of a bit of counsel [Robert] Henri gave his students at the Chase School:
‘I want to see these houses solid, I want them to feel like houses. I don’t care about your drawing and your values – they are your affair. They will be good if you make me sense the houses and they will be bad, however “good” they are, if you do not make those houses live.’