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Maker(s):Hopper, Edward
Culture:American (1882-1967)
Title:Nude Facing Front
Date Made:1919-1923
Materials:drypoint on wove paper
Measurements:Sheet: 10 1/16 in x 8 1/4 in; 25.6 cm x 21 cm; Image: 6 in x 5 in; 15.2 cm x 12.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2010.111
Credit Line:Dr. Sanford B. Sternlieb (Class of 1946) and Esther Sternlieb Collection of American Art
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Edward Hopper’s etching of a nude young woman showcases not only his steadfast focus on the human figure but also his masterful technique. The lone (often female) figure in an architectural setting would become one of the dominant themes in his art. In this early etching, however, the figure stands apart from any discernible environment, so the image appears more like an academic study. Hopper modeled her body convincingly, depicting shadows through techniques known as “hatching” and “crosshatching”—that is, by etching many small parallel and intersecting lines.


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