It has been suggested that Edward Hopper’s wife, Jo Nivison Hopper, rather than Edward himself, painted Cape Cod Barn. Jo Hopper, an unsuccessful painter, met Edward when he was forty-one and she forty. They married a year later.
My journey into the heart of the South begins the next day. Like the rumbling FedEx road trains, I am following the Mississippi south to Memphis. The river glistens in the rainy twilight, its massive breadth a reminder of its huge catchment area.
One of the St. Louis families St. Louis Art Museum director Charles Buckley partnered with was the Shapleighs. Warren Shapleigh, President of the Ralston Purina Company, and his wife Jane, an art history major at college, began collecting art in the 1950’s.