Although Cape Cod is famous for its lighthouses, seaside villages and ocean views, this oil painting shows yet another setting in this popular spot.
In 1930, Hopper and his wife, Josephine Nivison, also an artist, rented a cottage in Cape Cod. Falling in love with the area's quaint and pleasing nature, the couple would return every summer for the rest of their lives.
They eventually built a house here in 1934, which could easily be the one depicted in this painting with Nivison seen in the window.
This house and the landscapes around Cape Cod served as inspiration for Hopper in a number of his paintings. Compared to the urban setting in New York, their main residence location, Cape Cod and their cottage would have offered a breath of fresh air both figuratively and literally.
Cape Cod Morning was painted later in Hopper's life and career. Although all his works show Hopper's talent and ability to capture everyday life, this particular painting is authentic due to all the details. From the shadows on the edges of the house and below the woman's chin, to the way the light hits the tops of the trees and the woman's face, one can almost feel the heat of the sun as it rises in the morning.
Hopper's fascination with featuring people in his paintings is revealed. Instead of showing the actual sunrise, which is a marvel, he shows the human subject in reaction to it.
The painting does still have a hint of Hopper's interest in architecture as well because it features a house, which shares the canvas equally with the forest and field scene. Perhaps it reflects how Hopper's life was now split between a city life and a cottage life. Just like Hopper and his wife undoubtedly had in real life, a balance is struck in this painting.