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Cape Cod Evening by Edward Hopper

Cape Cod Evening, 1939

Edward Hopper

This enigmatic scene is somewhat disturbing. The man and woman — presumably a couple — seem oblivious of each other's presence, the uncut grass and encroaching trees are out of character with the well-maintained house, the dog's alert stance seems to signal imminent danger, and the advancing darkness imparts a melancholy mood. The artist created this composite image that feels like a scene just before or after a moment of drama. He wrote, “In the woman I attempted to get the broad, strong-jawed face and blond hair of a Finnish type of which there are many on the Cape. The man is a dark-haired Yankee. The dog is listening to...some evening sound.”

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National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
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