by Carol TroyenI just loved this book.I vanished off the face of the earth for five whole days reading this from cover to cover.In the two hundred and fifty pages there are nine essays from five experts that cover the six decades of Edward Hopper's work.The eleven by eleven inch format allow many full page displays of watercolour and oil paintings, as well as photographs, etchings and prints.Yet, this is not just a picture book.Very detailed and insightful essays escort the reader through the sixty year long journey of this iconic artist.
Four of the essays are written by Carol Troyen, two by Judith A. Barter and one each from Elliot Bostwick Davis, Janet L. Comey and Ellen E. Roberts, who all provide a chronological survey of Hopper's output that makes a very interesting study for the art expert as well as the casually interested reader.
Hopper took inspiration from French avant-garde and impressionist works of Degas, Manet, Pissaro, Renoir and Sisley, but developed qualities of Postimpressionism and Surrealism into his own blend of American Realism which spanned the twentieth century all the way to the pop art of the Warhol sixties.
Even though this artist was in his forties before critical acclaim greeted his work, he went on to produce images that have become the embodiment of American painting in the last hundred years.
His watercolours and oils from Gloucester, Massachusetts and from the coast of Maine are high points.Later work, of film noir like scenes from New York's Washington Square/Greenwich Village/Times Square area of the 1930's and 1940's produced pictures of Chandleresque characters, without any central motifs, fixed in view with the expert handling of light and shade.
If all that isn't enough, this book finds space to display art from past and contemporary painters to compare their work with that of this master, from Rembrandt, Degas and right through to George Segal and Richard Diebenkorn.Along with Notes, a Chronology of work, a Checklist of Illustrations, Bibliography and Index, this 2007 publication can't be anything else but five star.
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