Edward Hopper, Jo Hopper, and the Whitney Museum

This passage is too sad. Jo Hopper, Edward Hopper’s wife, was a painter. But she painted very little after she married (She was 41, Edward was almost 42).

. . .  it is almost impossible to form a judgement of Jo Hopper’s work, since so little of it has survived. Edward left everything to his wife, asking that she bequeath his art to the Whitney, the institution with which he’d had the closest ties. After his death, she donated both his and the majority of her own artistic estates to the museum, even though she’d felt from the moment of her marriage that she’d been a victim of a boycott by the curators there. Her disquiet was not unwarranted. After her death, the Whitney discarded all her paintings, perhaps because of their calibre and perhaps because of the systematic undervaluing of women’s art against which she’d railed so bitterly in her own life.

— “Walls of Glass,” Essay # 2 in Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone




  1. Tom said,

    August 6, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Is there any link where I can see Jo Hoppers works?

  2. August 6, 2016 at 2:42 am

    I went googling. I’m usually very good at finding stuff on the web, but sorry to say, I did not find anything.

    I’m surprised the Whitney hasn’t gone bonkers over Laing’s book. No museum would want it known they actually destroyed — no, discarded — donated paintings, no matter how inferior they considered the artist to be.

  3. August 6, 2016 at 5:12 am

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