Edward Hopper (1882-1967) Windy Day, executed in 1938. Signed 'Edward Hopper' (lower right) watercolor on paper image, 19 ½ x 28 in. (49.5 x 71.1 cm.); sheet, 21 x 30 in. (53.3 x 76.2 cm.) Estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000. Offered in the American Art sale on 22 May at Christie’s in New York.
Christie’s is honored to offer Edward Hopper’s Windy Day on behalf of the Beinecke family, with proceeds benefiting The Prospect Hill Foundation.
The late William S. Beinecke purchased Windy Day directly from Hopper’s dealer Frank K.M. Rehn in 1957 as a gift for his wife, Elizabeth G. Beinecke. General Counsel and later Chairman and CEO of the family business, Sperry and Hutchinson Company (S&H Green Stamps), Beinecke also led an impressive philanthropic career. He helped create the Yale School of Management and was a major benefactor and board member for several environmental causes in New York City, including the founding Chairman of the Central Park Conservancy, the Hudson River Foundation and the New York Botanical Garden.
In 1959, William S. and Elizabeth G. Beinecke founded The Prospect Hill Foundation. Looking forward, The Prospect Hill Foundation will concentrate on a new program area, building upon the justice work the Foundation has been supporting and focusing on youth. The intent is to fund intersectional and grassroots efforts that are community led and that challenge systemic racism and gender-based oppression.
The mission of The Prospect Hill Foundation is to advance the human experience while ensuring the well-being of the earth. The Foundation pursues this mission by making grants in four program areas: Environment, Nuclear Disarmament & Nonproliferation, Reproductive Health & Justice, and Youth Justice; and with Sponsored Grants supporting the philanthropic interests and activities of Beinecke family members. The Foundation’s grants support activities mainly in the northeastern United States.