The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announced today the acquisition of Edward Hopper‘s Intermission (1963), among the artist’s largest and most ambitious paintings, and one of the last significant Hopper works remaining in private hands. Intermission was acquired from Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, in part through gifts from the Fisher and Schwab families, and will immediately go on view to the public at SFMOMA on Friday, March 23.
In the last years of his life, Hopper, who was never prolific, made only two complete works each year—one in the spring and one in the fall. Intermission was painted in March and April of 1963, and was one of the last four paintings that Hopper finished before his death in 1967. Measuring 40 by 60 inches, it is among his largest paintings and evokes the artist’s signature dramatic cropping of cinematic camera angles, and the high-keyed lighting of stagecraft, both of which add an emotive and artificial sensation to his tightly controlled, understated narrative.
“Intermission is an iconic work, exemplary of Hopper’s late period and style, and establishes him as a contemporary master beyond his historical achievements of the early twentieth century,” says Gary Garrels, SFMOMA Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture. “The painting is also significant in relation to SFMOMA’s deep holdings of work by artists of the Bay Area Figurative tradition, such as Robert Bechtle, Richard Diebenkorn, and Wayne Thiebaud, as well as photographers strongly represented in the collection like William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Stephen Shore, who share affinities with Hopper.”
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