Study of a Seated Woman (1899) by Edward Hopper

Study of a Seated Woman - Edward Hopper - 1899

Artwork Information

TitleStudy of a Seated Woman
ArtistEdward Hopper
Date1899
Mediumpen,ink
Dimensions30.5 x 41 cm
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Study of a Seated Woman

“Study of a Seated Woman” is an artwork created by the artist Edward Hopper in 1899. Utilizing pen and ink as the medium, the piece is attributed to the New Realism movement. The dimensions of the artwork measure at 30.5 by 41 centimeters. Classified under the genre of sketch and study, this particular piece is held within a private collection, and thus not on public display.

The artwork presents a solitary female figure seated, possibly on a wooden bench. The subject is depicted in profile with her head turned away from the viewer, exuding a sense of introspection or contemplation. While the surrounding details are minimally sketched, the woman’s form is outlined with a richer density of lines, giving emphasis to her presence. Hopper’s use of line is expressive, varying in thickness to create shape and contour. The fluidity and confidence of the strokes suggest the artist’s proficiency in quickly capturing the essence of the figure’s posture.

The woman’s attire appears indicative of the late 19th century, as per the date of the artwork’s completion, with her garments draped around her body in a manner that suggests modesty and simplicity. Her hair is styled up, which complements her dignified posture. The economy of line and strong contrast between the figure and the relatively empty background is representative of Hopper’s later artistic approach, which often focused on the illumination of singular subjects and eliciting psychological undertones. Despite being a study, the piece stands as a complete work, offering insight into Hopper’s early development as a draftsman and his fascination with the human condition.

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