In 1988, Winton Blount gave forty-one paintings from Blount, Inc.’s collection to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). Included in Blount’s gift were three Edward Hopper pictures, one of which would soon become the most popular artwork in the museum. This was ‘New York Office’, an oil painted in 1962 and one of Hopper’s last pictures.
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.
Hopper’s ‘House by a Road’ (1940), in the Arizona State University Art Museum, is exactly the type of boxy home which Frank Lloyd Wright was trying to replace with his homegrown architecture. The Victorian-era house is eerily open. Its windows are agape, their striped curtains fluttering in the breeze. The front door is wide open but affords no glimpse of the interior.