Early Autumn in Vermont, as Edward Hopper Saw It


In South Royalton my view is a bit different every morning, and this is especially true this time of year, when the trees gradually take on their fall colors. This begins in August, when the green takes on a yellowish cast, almost imperceptible at first, then deepening to a chartreuse that can seem almost unnatural.  Now, late in September, the pace of the transformation is quickening, and every day brings the sight of yet another maple turned completely golden. This morning it’s overcast, which has the effect of making the colors “pop,” so much so that they seem more intense every time I glance up from my keyboard.  This is exactly the time of year when Edward Hopper was here, in South Royalton, in 1937 and again in 1938.  The colors that he painted then are the colors that I’m seeing now, and so I invite you to visit my post from a few years ago, here, and to browse around this website to see more of Hopper’s Vermont works and my photos of the sites he painted.

I’m pleased that a recent post from the New England Historical Society, “Six Views of Autumn in New England” features one of Hopper’s watercolors, Bob Slater’s Hill, as the selection for Vermont. This is the Hopper that shows that early-autumn yellow-green that I think is so distinctive of Vermont.

You can find reproductions of all of Hopper’s September watercolors in my book, Edward Hopper in Vermont.  It’s available in hardcover (new or used) and as an ebook, and many libraries have it.