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E. Hopper

Edward Hopper

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Details of the painter
Full Name:  Edward Hopper.
Nationality:  American.
Birth:  1882, New York.
Death:  1967, New York.
Style:  American Realism.

Edward Hopper was an American pictorial artist of the modernist period, specializing in urban portraiture and the style known as "American Realism".

Growing up in a middle-class matriarchal household in New York state. From an early age, both parents encouraged the child's artistic development, providing him with the materials of his choice for learning and creating his works.

At the age of 17, Hopper began studying painting by correspondence, which soon led to his enrollment at the New York School of Art and Design. Even then, he admired the fathers of impressionism, an admiration that would later extend to most of European art up to the Renaissance. He seemed to have little interest in avant-garde and more contemporary movements such as modernism or cubism.

Despite having made many trips to Europe for further training and painting, Hopper differed greatly from the artists around him, the final style he adopted bore no resemblance to the classics he studied, nor to the painters who surrounded him, but proposed a highly novel painting, close to realism, with city scenes, cafes, enclosed spaces, and landscapes with meaning.

Gaining fame was not easy for Hopper, on countless occasions he turned to his great skill as an illustrator, working for both publishers and handling specific commissions. Although he did not enjoy this technique, undoubtedly the extensive practice in it brought him enormous benefits in terms of his expertise as a draftsman.


Hopper's Paintings

Hopper's works are descriptive and very thoughtful in every detail: lighting, characters, psychology, and environment. Reluctant to answer questions about himself and his art, when asked on one occasion he said: "The answer to everything is on the canvas..."

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  • "Nighthawks"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original Title: Nighthawks
    Theme: City Life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1942
    Located at: Art Institute of Chicago

    Depicts the night in a New York bar and its last customers. The work became an American icon for the youth of the time. The image clearly portrays the loneliness of the big city and modern existence.


  • "House by the Railroad"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Title (English): House by the Railroad
    Style: American Realism
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1925
    Located at: MoMA Museum, New York

    In Hopper's compositions, it is very common to find a horizontal dividing element, which sharply separates the observer from the world within the painting. In this case, he uses a railroad track for this purpose.

    With this, according to experts, he makes the work impenetrable, establishing a dividing line that further enhances the feelings of loneliness and melancholy.


  • "Chop Suey"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: City Life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1929

    Work inspired by the urban environment of the United States in the 1920s. It shows two friends having tea and conversing, dressed in the typical attire of the era.


  • "Hotel Room"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original Title: Hotel Room
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: City Life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1931
    Located at: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

    The work depicts a woman sitting on the bed in her hotel room, evoking the solitude and coldness of the morning, a frequent inspiration for the artist.


  • "Morning Sun"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original Title: Morning Sun
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: City Life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1952
    Located at: Columbus Museum of Art, USA

    The image of the painting denotes the loneliness of a woman on her bed, receiving the rays of the morning sun and looking melancholically through the window.


  • "Rooms by the Sea"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original Title: Rooms by the Sea
    Style: American Realism
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1951

    This work is based on the view from the balcony in Hopper's summer studio in Massachusetts, where the artist matured his technique for painting light effects. The interest in painting such contrasts had accompanied him since the beginning of his artistic career.


  • "Automat"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original Title: Automat
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: City Life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1927
    Located at: Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, USA

    Depicts a woman in a café in front of a window, through which the city's night lighting is visible.


  • "Early Sunday Morning"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original Title: Early Sunday Morning
    Style: American Realism
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1930
    Located at: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

    Depicts an urban panorama made up of a low-rise building in vivid tones: green and red. The deserted city, the static landscape, and the colors, reminiscent of the painting Gas, and the "railroad tracks" series. Few like Hopper embellish with generous realistic details while simultaneously consolidating an art of such tranquil character.


  • "New York - New Haven and Hartford"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original Title: New York, New Haven and Hartford
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: Rural
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1931
    Located at: Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA

    The artist surprises once again with the characteristic warmth of his compositions: two rural cabins at the foot of the track, bushes and small trees wrapped with the first rays of the morning, which only reveal their silhouette.


  • "Light at Two Lights"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original Title: Light at Two Lights
    Style: American Realism
    Genre: Seascape
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Watercolor and pencil
    Support: Paper
    Year: 1927
    Located at: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

    Belonging to the artist's earliest artistic phase, this particular work is an exercise in perspective and geometric composition.

    The techniques of lighting, coloring, and arrangement of elements were powerfully developed throughout his career, as exemplified in works like: Sunset on Cape Cod (similar perspective) and Ground Swell (similar treatment of light).


  • "Ground Swell"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original Title: Ground Swell
    Style: American Realism
    Genre: Maritime
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1939
    Located at: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington

    A sportive maritime scene, depicting a group of young people sailing a yacht in the waves. A very recognizable characteristic of his style is the clarity he attributes to sunny days in his canvases, as usual, there are no sun or rays, only the enveloping effect of both.


  • "Gas"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original title: Gas
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: Suburban life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1940
    Located at: MoMA Museum, New York

    It depicts a classic American roadside gas station from the 50s. Notable is the attire of the man, in a suit and tie (as was often customary in those years), and the absence of the element that would complete the concept, in this case: cars. As usual in Hopper's works, for example: Four-lane Road (without cars) or House by the Railroad (without people or train).


  • "The Long Leg"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original title: The Long Leg
    Style: American Realism
    Featured in: Bestsellers
    Genre: Marine
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1930
    Located at: Huntington Library Gallery, California

    A maritime scene featuring a sailboat and the sea with a background of a small beach town. The work is considered an aesthetic model of art that blends sports imagery and landscape.


  • "Two on the Aisle"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original title: Two on the Aisle
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: City life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1927
    Located at: Toledo Museum of Art, USA

    Hopper is the modern specialist in conferring intensity and psychological complexity to the most ordinary moments. The viewer is immersed in the carefully composed scenes, identifying with or pondering about the characters, who usually appear isolated.

    The composition is simple: three people in the stands of an empty theater, this was the first of many works where the artist would paint theaters.


  • "Hotel Lobby"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original title: Hotel Lobby
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: City life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1943
    Located at: Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA

    The work features three guests waiting, each in their own way, in the checkerboard reception of a hotel, the charmless lobby is struck by the vital intricacies of the characters.

    The artist conveys in his painting, mundane scenes of modern life, sprinkled with characters with a manifest inner world, and he achieves this masterfully in this painting.


  • "Cape Cod Afternoon"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original title: Cape Cod Afternoon
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: Rural
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1936
    Located at: CMOA, Carnegie Museum of Art, USA

    It depicts the sunset in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. The artist captures the warm green and yellow tones that the sun reflects on the landscape of houses and vegetation.


  • "Office at Night"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original title: Office at Night
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: City life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1940
    Located at: Walker Art Center, Minnesota

    The canvas exhibits a scene of a 1930s American office where work is still ongoing. The artist aims to highlight the frivolity of the urban customs of New York during that era.


  • "Room in New York"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original title: Room in New York
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: City life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1932
    Located at: Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln (Nebraska)

    Portrays in his unique bohemian style, a characteristic social scene of the 1920s in the United States.


  • "Four Lane Road"

    Author: Edward Hopper
    Original title: Four Lane Road
    Style: American Realism
    Theme: Suburban life
    Type: Painting
    Technique: Oil
    Support: Canvas
    Year: 1956

    Created in the last artistic phase of the painter, two characters, husband and wife, appear as attendants of a typical American gas station in the middle of nowhere, stretching the hours in wait for ephemeral customers.

    The same type of fuel dispenser can be seen in the canvas "Gasoline".

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