The Gibbes Museum of Art announces acquisition of Edward Hopper’s “The Battery, Charleston, SC”

The famous painter was inspired by Charleston after visiting the Holy City in 1929.

watercolor painting of the Battery

See the painting at a trip to the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Photo provided by the Gibbes Museum of Art

The Gibbes Museum of Art, located at 135 Meeting St., has recently acquired, “The Battery, Charleston, SC,” by Edward Hopper. The painting is now part of the museum’s permanent collection galleries.

The artist

Hopper (1882-1967) is often recognized as one of the 20th century’s most famous artists in the US and is best known for his New York and New England land and cityscapes.

In 1929, Hopper and his wife traveled to the Holy City and stayed for three weeks.

The painting

Hopper created “The Battery, Charleston, SC” with watercolor, pencil, and chalk on paper, and captured one of Charleston’s most iconic landmarks. This piece is one of eleven watercolor paintings completed by Hopper during his visit. Now, all but one are in the museum’s collections.

The painting has been exhibited at the Gibbes twice before. It has also been exhibited nationally + internationally.