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This cache of letters written to the famously reclusive realist painter Edward Hopper reveals a surprisingly tender and needy side to the emotionally inscrutable artist. The 58 letters all come from Alta Hilsdale, a friend and romantic interest of Hopper's, and date from 1904 to 1914. The period was a formative one in Hopper's artistic career, although clear insights into his work are found wanting—while some missives reference landscapes and vacation spots that featured in Hopper's paintings, any overt references to his art practices are fleeting and vague. Instead, laid bare is a shadow version of Hopper wrapped up in his own desires and his affection for Hilsdale. In letter after brief letter, she does little more than cancel plans, turn down his offers for dinner, and scold him for his neediness (she does, of course, accept invitations to the opera or to dinner occasionally). Although repetitive, the letters take on an evanescent quality of want and desire, and Hilsdale's revelation of marriage in the final notes is surprisingly gut-wrenching. None of the letters from Hopper are extant, but Hilsdale's pithy words still manage to illuminate a previously unknown aspect of this important artist's interior life. Color illus. (June)

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“Hilsdale's pithy words. . . illuminate a previously unknown aspect of this important artist's interior life.”—Publishers Weekly
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  • Series: Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300181485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300181487
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Borkowski on June 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
MY DEAR MR. HOPPER by Elizabeth Thompson Colleary

I will never look at an Edward Hopper painting the same way again, after reading this book and knowing more about the man who so carefully hid his emotions behind a forbidding exterior, probably protecting a "fragile heart". This examination offers insight and answers as well as prompting many questions about Mr. Hopper. I highly recommend this look "behind the curtain" into the early personal life of the artist who summered nearby on Cape Cod and produced some of the most enduring images in American Art.

Stephen Borkowski, Chairman Emeritus
Provincetown Art Commission
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By Judith Meyers on July 27, 2013
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What a fascinating story. Thanks to Ms. Colleary for bringing these letters out of Hopper's attic and into the light.
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