Corn Hill (Truro, Cape Cod)

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Artist: Edward Hopper, American, 1882-1967

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Oil on canvas
28 1/2 x 42 1/2in (72.4 x 108cm)
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Mary and Sylvan Lang Collection
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"Maybe I am not very human. What I wanted to do was paint sunlight on the side of a house." - Edward Hopper, 1962

Corn Hill illustrates Hopper's comment about his many paintings of houses -- houses that are, in this scene, the only sign of humanity. Low sunlight streams up the sides of the dwellings, bestowing a haunting loneliness found in many of Hopper's paintings.
A realist painter born in Nyack, New York, Edward Hopper studied with Robert Henri and William Merritt Chase in New York City during the period 1900-06. Though he traveled to Europe three times before 1910, European modernism did not influence his realist painting style. Instead, he expressed his inner life and personal vision of the American scene.
Hopper painted Corn Hill during the first of many summers he and his wife, Jo, spent in South Truro on Cape Cod. According to legend, Corn Hill received its name from Mayflower pilgrims who, in 1620, found a supply of Indian corn that saved them from starvation.
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