As I write this, Edward Hopper’s Vermont watercolors and drawings are in Vermont for just 10 more days, until the August 11th closing of the exhibition at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. If you haven’t yet seen this wonderful, unusual exhibition, hie yourself over to Middlebury to get a good look at these beautiful, unique Hoppers, displayed together and in Vermont for the first time — and probably the last time, sad to say. If you need further convincing, read the glowing comments written by visitors to the exhibition, excerpted and transcribed on the Middebury Museum’s blog.
On August 12th the exhibition will be disassembled. The Hoppers, including the fascinating sequence of watercolors and drawings of scenes along the White River, will be carefully taken down from the walls of the gallery and prepared for crating and shipping back to their individual permanent homes in museums and private collections througout the U.S. Those that are owned by museums will most likely be put into storage — as they are fragile works that are subject to damage from too much exposure to light — and they may not be put on display again for five or six years or more, even in their home institutions. Thus I’m not exaggerating when I say that this week may well be your last chance to see them, other than in reproductions!
I will continue to write about Hopper and his Vermont works on my blog, as I still have some back stories to add to those that are in my book, Edward Hopper in Vermont (University Press of New England, 2012). The book includes color plates of all of the Vermont watercolors, the 16 paintings displayed at Middlebury and the 5 works that the Museum was not able to borrow. I’ll write about those 5 — and why they weren’t at Middlebury — in my next post. In the meantime, Hopper will soon depart from the Green Mountain State, so be sure to get over to Middlebury to pay him a visit and to wish him a fond farewell. I for one will do so with a tear in my eye….