Provincetown Art As­so­ci­a­tion and Mu­seum

Provincetown Art As­so­ci­a­tion and Mu­seum shares its re­cent ac­qui­si­tion of art­work by Ed­ward and Josephine Hop­per

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Provincetown Art As­so­ci­a­tion and Mu­seum shares its re­cent ac­qui­si­tion of art­work by Ed­ward and Josephine Hop­per

Through Jan­uary 28

In 2013, in prepa­ra­tion for its cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion the fol­low­ing year, Provincetown Art As­so­ci­a­tion and Mu­seum launched a cam­paign to col­lect 100 sig­nif­i­cant works of art for its per­ma­nent col­lec­tion. Be­ing lo­cated on Cape Cod, the mu­seum’s vis­i­tors of­ten asked about the work of Ed­ward Hop­per who moved to Truro with his wife, Josephine, in 1930 and lived there for nearly 40 years.at the time, the mu­seum owned a land­scape by Josephine.they were then donated two draw­ings by Ed­ward: a fe­male nude from the Her­man Maril Foun­da­tion and, sev­eral months later, Robert Duffy gifted a 1901 male nude draw­ing

Come 2016, an un­prece­dented ac­qui­si­tion was an­nounced at the mu­seum. Brothers J.an­ton and Lau­rence C. Schif­f­en­haus “reached out to Jim Bakker, PAAM pres­i­dent, to dis­cuss the idea of hav­ing their ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of art by Ed­ward and Josephine Hop­per come to the mu­seum,” shares Chris­tine Mccarthy, the mu­seum’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.“af­ter sev­eral meet­ings, the deal was sealed and our col­lec­tion now in­cluded 96 draw­ings by Ed­ward Hop­per, 69 draw­ings and wa­ter­col­ors by Josephine Hop­per, and 24 di­aries chron­i­cling the Hop­pers’ lives on Cape Cod and be­yond.”

The dona­tion, which was given by the brothers and two anony­mous donors, was in honor of the Schif­f­en­haus’ mother, Mary, who was a close friend of the Hop­pers.through Jan­uary

28, PAAM will ex­hibit the col­lec­tion in its en­tirety.with many of the work be­ing draw­ings, Mccarthy says the pieces pro­vide in­sight to the work­ing pro­cesses of Ed­ward and Josephine. Ed­ward’s pieces in par­tic­u­lar—many of which are dou­ble-sided—are stud­ies for some of his most rec­og­nized paint­ings. In­cluded are stud­ies for Cape Cod Morn­ing, Lee Shore, High Noon, 7 AM and

Sea Watch­ers, among oth­ers.“the beau­ti­ful thing

about these draw­ings is you can see the process.you can get in­side his head,” says Mccarthy.“if you look at the sin­gle fig­ure, it turns into a couch with a fig­ure, then two fig­ures.then [you can] match it to the fi­nal paint­ing and match it to how he was think­ing.” There also is a se­ries of 10 draw­ings from Josephine where she draws Ed­ward while he is at work, as well as an en­tire wall of the mu­seum de­voted to her wa­ter­col­ors.“she re­ally paid more at­ten­tion to the in­te­rior of the house,” Mccarthy ex­plains.“the same gas lamp she did three or four times.” Josephine’s draw­ings also in­clude stud­ies of flow­ers, boats, air­planes, seag­ulls, the hills and roads, trees and more.

Provincetown Art As­so­ci­a­tion and Mu­seum • 460 Com­mer­cial Street Provincetown, MA 02657 • t: (508) 478-1750 • www.paam.org

Ed­ward Hop­per (1882-1967), study for The Lee Shore, 1941. Graphite on pa­per, 10½ x 16 in. All art­work cour­tesy PAAM col­lec­tions, gift of Lau­rence C. and J. An­ton Schif­f­en­haus in honor of Mary Schi­ef­fen­haus and two anony­mous donors, 2016.

Ed­ward Hop­per (1882-1967), study for Cape Cod Morn­ing, graphite on pa­per 7 x 87⁄8 in.

Josephine Hop­per (1883-1968), The Hop­per House, oil on board, 11½ x 15¼ in.

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