Anthony J. Marolda
Edward Hopper spent several summers living and working in Gloucester. It was the early part of his career and he worked in both watercolor and oil. He did a range of subjects including seascapes, city scapes and interesting houses.
He met his future wife, Jo Nivison, in Gloucester during his stay in 1923. She too was an artist and they lived closeby. The couple was married here in 1924 and they honeymooned in a house that still stands on Bass Avenue.
One of his watercolor paintings was of the Annisquam lighthouse. Using his painting as a guide, I found the spot where he did the work. It was by a wall next to some stairs to the beach. I then did a water color of the lighthouse from the same perspective (right), as it looks today (less some trees that have grown in the view).
Hopper spent much of his career in New York and painted a series of iconic cityscapes. Above is an original oil painting I did with Hopper's later style in mind. In the 1940's, a man leaves his Boston Back Bay apartment on a chilly night to walk to a store and buy a package of cigarettes. In the window is the face of a small dog. The pup is upset that his master has left the house without him. The dog watches anxiously hoping his owner will relent and return to take him along.