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.

Hopper painted Corn Hill during the first of many summers he and his wife, Jo, spent in South Truro on Cape Cod. Corn Hill received its name from the Mayflower pilgrims who, in 1620, stole a cache of corn from the local Nauset tribe, thus saving themselves from starvation. The Pilgrims later returned to compensate the Nausets for the loss of their corn seed stock.
American Art in San Antonio Collections; 1958; no. 30
Texas Collects 20th Century Art; 1963; no. 21
The Sylvan and Mary Lang Collection: An Exhibition on the Occasion of the Opening of the Sylvan and Mary Lang Galleries, March, 1973; 1973; no. 16
Collecting: A Texas Phenomenon; 1986; p. 62, 65; no. 4
Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné; Gail Levin; 1995; O-272
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 168
Edward Hopper and the American Hotel; Leo Mazow; 2019; p. 53, 55; fig. 3.14
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Signed l.r.: Edward Hopper
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V:\Object Documentation\Paintings\1975.35 Hopper\Collecting Texas Phenomenon 1986.pdf
V:\Object Documentation\Paintings\1975.35 Hopper\Hopper and American Hotel 2019.pdf


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