Davis House (1926)

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Davis House (1926). Watercolor on paper. Private collection.

From Hopper’s Places (1998, Univ. of California Press), by Gail Levin: “On Middle Street, across from the Davis house, Hopper found a convenient churchyard in which to work without intruding on someone’s front steps… He later said that so many artists were working in front of the Davis house painting the [Universalist] church that he decided to sit in the churchyard and paint the house! The house is now white and the trees are gone, replaced by low shrubbery. Hopper compressed the pictorial space, so that the railing alongside the churchyard appears to be directly in front of the house instead of across the street. By cropping the house along the left side, he created a sense of continuity, the feeling that the scene goes on beyond the boundaries of his composition.”

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