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Edward Hopper Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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He seems to have caught it all, the bridges, trains, opera, and tenements, at every hour of day and night. And very often he captured someone, often a woman, in a moment of solitude. These scenes border on voyeurism, the unguarded moments when his subjects might be dressed, or partly, or not - with no one to dress for, it hardly matters. There is nothing erotic in these nudes and semi-nudes. In fact, I quite like the unposed, unpoised relaxation of the moment. Hopper is quite capable of showing a female figure as strong and desirable, as in "Office at Night" or "Summer Evening" I sympathize more with the figures who have no one to pose for; they seem more honest somehow.
People say that many of his paintings are about loneliness, and that may be true. I think more of them are about solitude, or separation, or the invisible walls that people erect to keep themselves sane in the urban crush. In "Two on the Aisle," as in so many paintings of two or more people, the two parties seem barely aware of each other. Even within the couple, they scarcely look at each other, as if long familiarity means there's nothing new to see.
Of 246 paintings reproduced here, only 88 are in color. They are well printed, and capture Hopper's generally subdued palette. They are just enough to make me greedy, though, and to wish I could see more in the colors that Hopper gave them. There's a lot of work here, including a number of etchings, from Hopper's earlier ouvre as well. I don't mean to neglect those works, but his 40s and 50s pieces have an incredible power over me.Read more ›
The author, Lloyd Goodrich (1897-1987) was director of the Whitney Museum in New York and a leading author and advocate of American art for more than a half century.
The bequest of the Edward Hopper collection, by Hopper's widow Josephine, in 1968, also resulted from Mr. Goodrich's reputation as the leading scholar and friend of Edward Hopper. Today, the collection of some 2,000 works by Hopper is a major strength of the museum, and makes it the world's major center for st dy of the artist.
As the director of the Whitney Museum, from 1958 to 1968, Mr. Goodrich guided its transition from an essentially private institution to a public one, broadening its governing board beyond the family of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who founded the museum in 1930, to include many individuals and arts patrons from New York society. He also presided over construction of the museum's present quarters, at Madison Avenue and 75th Street, a controversial but generally popular building designed in distinctive minimalist style by the architect Marcel Breuer in 1966. Changed View of American Art.
Hopper was born in Nyack, New York in 1882, and died in his apartment, on Washington Square, NYC, in 1967. His early training as a painter was in... no surprise... France, before "The Great War," yet the various movements, from Impressionism, Cubism, et al., did not seem to directly impact his style. He did appreciate the beauty of the country, and told the author that "...after France the United States seemed `a chaos of ugliness.'" Yet he "settled down" in America, and became one the quintessential American painters, with a vision that chose to document the commonplace urban and rural scenes. As Goodrich says: "....all the sweltering, tawdry life of the American small town, and behind all, the sad desolation of our suburban landscape. He derives daily stimulus from these, that others flee from or pass with indifference."
He married Jo, in 1925, who was almost always the nude model for his paintings. They appeared to be soul mates, and their marriage lasted 42 years until his death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gorgeous collection of postcards. I'm a huge Hopper fan and think the book is masterly assembled and also inexpensive (if you can find it all). I can't bear to break up this set. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael O'Clock
I've had this book for many years and bought this copy for a friend. Perfect condition.Published 12 months ago by Eleanor Jones
It's a First Edition. Confirmed via email with the current owner of the Publisher's Imprint.Published 19 months ago by MABP
I love the pictures on this postcard book. I appreciate the very fast shipping.Published 19 months ago by Noreen Gabbay
This is a thoroughly readable review of Hopper and his work, organised around his different preoccupations. Overall this was a worthwhile purchase.Published 20 months ago by DJA
large format is great, did not realize it was so large. good reproductions,and i like the chronilogical layout. the book has a nice flow.Published 21 months ago by joan m smith
Edward Hopper is considered to be the most important realist American artist of the twentieth century. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Elliot Silvera
Edward Hopper was a master of light, that light which is particular to the northeastern USA. He captured, in hundreds of paintings, the architecture, the land, and the moods of... Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Bob Newman
A gorgeous book with a well-written, informative and enjoyable text. Obviously I wish there could be more color in the book--but it's an older book and they couldn't do as much... Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Stephen Quinn