|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
In what he refers to as a discursive and meditative book, humanities and American studies scholar Wells explores why Edward Hopper, whom he calls a dour creator of suspended dreams, created iconic images that are among the most popular of 20th-century American art. In chapters with such titles as Vortices of Despair, Cold Embers and Isles of Refuge, he offers close readings of thematically linked paintings, proposing interpretations that are imaginative yet well reasoned. Hopper's spare realism often approached the surreal, and he returned to certain themes throughout his career: empty urban streets at dawn; women, either clothed or nude, facing a window that bathes them in harsh light; farmhouses on the edge of woodlands that seem ready to engulf them. Wells relies heavily on the literary sources that Hopper immersed himself in, and he quotes liberally from the large body of Hopper studies. The artist's popularity remains something of a mystery. Wells suggests that Hopper's pessimism touches deep veins of shared experience in the American psyche, but he comes closest to identifying the Hopper hold on the American imagination when he describes the paintings' ongoing interplay between a highly intellectualized ego and a volatile id. Color and b&w illus. (Sept.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
'Hopper's paintings have become modern icons ... [Wells] has chosen an approach that is more musing than instructing, and in doing so he opens up our personal responses to Hopper's work. ... in these pages, as he defines and the refines his interpretations, I think Wells may have stumbled on why we keep coming back to these paintings. ... Hopper's implicit storylines, his narratives which engender tense, suspended silences, are what make his images so compelling. And so they stay with us.' Daily TelegraphSee all Editorial Reviews
I've been a big Edward Hopper fan since I came across Nighthawks many years ago and happened by this book by accident, to my pleasant surprise. Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Nicholas
I found it really hard to put this book down.
Hopper's finest works reproduced on large pages matched with Mr. Read more
A very thorough and thoughtful presentation of Edward Hopper's life and work. SILENT THEATER explores the significant themes that work in and through his paintings with great... Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by David Owen
On behalf of my editorial team, I would like publicly to thank the selection committee for awarding the 2009 Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in the Arts and Humanities to the author... Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by Dr. Walter Wells
Walter Wells has been a friend of mine for 45 years. His intellect and insight elevates his subject matter as well as his friendships. Read morePublished on May 12, 2009 by Ann H. Orr
I agree with all the positive comments by other reviewers. A solid, detailed and scholarly work that reproduces good prints of Hopper's art. Read morePublished on August 24, 2008 by AC&J