Edward Hopper 1882-1967 Vision of Reality
Author: Ivo Kranzfelder
Translator: John William Gabriel
Publisher/Date: Taschen (c. 2001)
Format/Condition: Used large pale blue hardcover book with dust jacket in Good condition: edgewear; dust jacket rubbed and chipped at bottom of spine (small piece missing. Binding good; textblock solid; pages clean and unmarked. 200 pages, chronology. Measures approx. 9 1/2 x 12 inches. Profusely illustrated in color; some black and white.
Description:From the dust jacket:
Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is considered the first significant American painter in the twentieth-century art. After decades of patient work, Hopper enjoyed a success and popularity that since the 1950s have continually grown. Living in a secluded country house with his wife Josephine, he depicted the loneliness of big-city people in canvas after canvas. Probably the most famous of them, “Nighthawks”, done in 1942, shows a couple seated quietly, as if turned inwards upon themselves, in the harsh artificial light of an all-night restaurant. Many of Hopper’s pictures represent views of streets and roads, rooftops, abandoned houses, depicted in brilliant light that strangely belies the melancholy mood of the scenes.
Hopper’s paintings are marked by striking juxtapositions of color, and by the clear contours with which the figures are demarcated from their surroundings. His extremely precise focus on the theme of modern men and women in the natural and man-made environment sometimes lends his pictures a mood of eerie disquiet. In “House by the Railroad,” a harsh interplay of light and shadow makes the abandoned building seem veritably threatening. On the other hand, Hopper’s renderings of rocky landscapes in warm brown hues, or his depictions of the seacoast, exude an unusual tranquility that reveals another, more optimistic side of his character.