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Edward Hopper Paints His World Hardcover – August 19, 2014
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Full-page paintings reminiscent of Hopper originals accompany the straightforward text of this picture-book biography from the team behind Night Flight (2011). Burleigh introduces the introspective and determined artist in gentle paragraphs detailing Hopper’s life, beginning with his childhood dream to become an artist, through to his last work, Sun in an Empty Room, as well as his struggle for notoriety in the twentieth-century art world and his reasons for painting—“I’m after ME.” Minor’s full-color gouache illustrations depict scenes that might have inspired Hopper for his most iconic paintings—a gas station on an empty road, a lighthouse, a diner, a deserted street—all in Hopper’s distinctive, light-filled style. Other pages are filled with charcoal-gray sketches, as if drawn directly from an artist’s notebook. Cleverly, in each spread where Hopper appears, he is always looking intently at something, which emphasizes how much his art arose from studied observation of the world around him. With a closing author’s note, time line, and further reading, this is a lovely, quiet introduction to a luminary among American painters. Grades 1-4. --Sarah Hunter
“In a narrative as calmly straightforward as Hopper's work, Burleigh introduces the great American realist.” ―The Horn Book
“Hopper was one of the foremost American painters of the 20th century, and this wonderfully illustrated book provides a detailed biographical portrait of him. Minor's art, lush and perfectly varied with pencil sketches interspersed between colorful paintings, is accompanied by Burleigh's compelling text.” ―School Library Journal
“Full-page paintings reminiscent of Hopper originals accompany the straightforward text of this picture book biography from the team behind Night Flight . . . A lovely, quiet introduction to a luminary among American painters.” ―Booklist
“*Two masters of illustrated, brief biographies for young people reunite . . . an enduring and inspiring book that will help kids to understand the why and how of an artist at work.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“In many scenes, readers peer over Hopper's shoulder as he works, seeing what he sees. The accessible narrative then invites the audience to think more critically about the context in which Hopper created.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
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rescue a work from a reproduction. That Hoppers vision was iconic is not in doubt. I gave this book to my granddaughter for her 10th birthday..Hated to give it away.....
Of course that won't stop me from getting a print book as well.
As always, Wendell Minor's soft and realistic paintings combine well with Burleigh's narration. They have the Hopper feel. And adults, at least, should find themselves paging back and forth between the cover illustration and Hopper's actual "Nighthawks" painting. And eventually, they'll have to go "Ahhhhh!"
Added bonuses are the notes and bibliographies at the end of the book, including descriptions and reproductions of the four Hopper paintings addressed in the storyline: "Early Sunday Morning," "Lighthouse Hill," "Gas," and "Nighthawks." This is a terrific tribute and introduction to Edward Hopper that should appeal to art appreciators of ANY age.
[Disclaimer: I own other books illustrated by Wendell Minor, including Luck: The Story of a Sandhill Crane and If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond. I met him at a book signing for the latter. I admire his work with one of my favorite authors, Jean Craighead George. At the same time, "Nighthawks" is my favorite Edward Hopper painting. When I learned that this book was in the works, I pre-ordered it ASAP. Are you kidding me? It combines the work of two of my favorite artists!]