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the amateur artist's point of view,
This review is from: Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography (Paperback)
I won't dwell on the psychology of Hopper's relation with Jo, although much can be gained from his cartoons of her and her cat. No, what is interesting to me is her accounts of Hopper's methods. Specifically his attempt (ultimately highly successful) to find his own style and the detours he took through printmaking and watercoulours to reach his mature style. Nevin notices that Jo preferred vertical format and Edward horizontal format. I wonder why? Also that she posed for him but he never did for her. Given their lack of money for a model this is a highly practical reason for her lack of commercial success - her inability to create an inhabited scene, a significant drawback for an artist. This book tells more useful information than most biographies about technique. It is also interesting for me to read about the intense inertia he had about painting - that he went for months on end without painting anything - a problem I have too. This is an engaging book on many levels - for artists as well as art lovers.