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Another title from The Crown Art Library, the most useful monographs available on a wide range of significant artists. Each volume is written by an internationally recognized authority and is generously illustrated with full-color reproductions of the artist's paintings and two-color reproductions of sketches and line drawings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gail Levin is the author of numerous other books, including the classic Edward Hopper: The Art and the Artist (Norton) and Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (September 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393315770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393315776
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I feel lucky to have this book.
C. Lewis
Glossy, high stock paper is used, so that the reproduction quality is very good.
R. M. Peterson
This book, but a curator of his collection brought the artist into focus.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Wanderer on September 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Note: There are a couple Mormons who are angry over my negative reviews of books written in defense of the Book of Mormon, and they have been slamming my reviews.

Your "helpful" votes are appreciated. Thanks. PS: I'm not an art critic, but I know what I like. I think you'll enjoy the painting listed below.

I've looked through this book a hundred times (literally), and each time I find details in Hopper's paintings that add to my enjoyment. Some paintings that I love are the "Stairway" (mysterious), the "Two Puritans" (houses), "Gas" (very haunting), and "Solitude" (a lone house along a road).

Oh, and "Cape Cod Evening" (two people by the front door of a house while a collie looks at something). Very mysterious.

Highly recommended.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Lewis on February 21, 2007
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Wonderful book, very well written, the plates are gorgeous, the organization is perfect. I feel lucky to have this book.

Highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2015
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Not only is Edward Hopper an American original, but "[f]or many, the light, space, solitude, and dignity of [his work] seem to epitomize the character of much of twentieth-century American art." That comes from the foreword to this book, first published in 1981. I sense that the appreciation for Hopper has only grown since then. This volume serves as a wonderful introduction to Hopper and his art; indeed, many (myself included) won't need anything else.

Author Gail Levin has written or edited at least six books on Hopper and his art, including a biography and a three-volume Catalogue Raisonne. Here she contributes an informative seventy-page essay on Hopper -- his "identity", his development as an artist, and the themes that he returned to over and over again during his career. The writing is not pretentious, academic, or jargon-laden, although at times I found it a tad plodding. Still, it easily is, in my experience, in the top quartile of textual essays accompanying a fine art book.

The principal reason to buy or borrow the book, of course, is for the art itself. In EDWARD HOPPER: THE ART AND THE ARTIST there are 429 plates, well over half in full color. Glossy, high stock paper is used, so that the reproduction quality is very good. Most of the works for which Hopper is best known are included (I can think of only one exception), among them "House by the Railroad", "Early Sunday Morning" (on the cover of the 1981 edition), "Nighthawks", and "Rooms by the Sea". For some of the works, preliminary drawings or studies are also included.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis E. Silver on June 5, 2014
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Great read. If you want a concise review of Hopper's work that does not get bogged down in psycho-social opinion, biographical detail or academic bloviating, this is it.
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I really never knew much about Edward Hopper except that he did great realism. This book, but a curator of his collection brought the artist into focus. Also the pictures are wonderful. It is on a high gloss paper so the pictures are bright and I am careful to read it in clean area. I don't want the pages to stick.
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