Living in a Hopper Painting

Very strange, found out today that our house in Vermont, is actually a 1938 Edward Hopper Painting.

Edward Hopper Vermont Sugar House

An Art Historian/writer called the other day and explained that they had discovered this, and wanted to take pictures.

Painting is called “Vermont Sugar House” saw that it sold in 2007 for over $800,000. Seems that he stayed at the original farm that this Sugar shack was a part of.

The view remains the same, and the original structure is actually the center of our house. Our studio is directly connected to one side, the other our living space.

Appears that he stayed on the property and also painted a number of other works, one in the Boston MFA called 1st Branch of the White River, is the view from the other side of our property, off our driveway entrance.

Yikes this is all I need at the moment….. Appears that this is the only structure he painted in Vermont, rest of the pieces are Landscapes. The auction catalog, mentioned that the “The landscape Hopper saw, as an artist, It only exists in his paintings, nowhere else… that the actual view doesn’t matter..” Well, 70 years later the view still looks the same, maybe a few trees have changed, but he did capture what is here..  

First Branch White River

So several questions come to mind. Is this actually my reality, or a Hopper reality? Did I destroy a piece of art by building a house, not knowing a piece of art existed?

Probably the actual reality is, that the picture is worth more than the actual place. A place in time for one artist at one moment.

Think I would find living in a Miro painting much more interesting.



Smithsonian American Art Museum