Edward Hopper: Painter of Light and Shadow

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This captivating biography of the celebrated American painter Edward Hopper follows his youth, includes information on his education, and chronicles his journeys to Paris and his settling down in Greenwich Village to pursue his artwork. The book documents his career as a commercial artist (how he first earned a living) as well as his eventual success as a great American painter. Among the artwork included are NIGHTHAWKS, CAPE COD EVENING, and HOUSE BY THE RAILROAD. A comparison is made to other artists of the ...
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Overview

This captivating biography of the celebrated American painter Edward Hopper follows his youth, includes information on his education, and chronicles his journeys to Paris and his settling down in Greenwich Village to pursue his artwork. The book documents his career as a commercial artist (how he first earned a living) as well as his eventual success as a great American painter. Among the artwork included are NIGHTHAWKS, CAPE COD EVENING, and HOUSE BY THE RAILROAD. A comparison is made to other artists of the period such as O'Keeffe, Pollock, and Marin to round out this unique offering.
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Lovely design combines with extensive research to produce a compact, lucid biography of one of the 20th-century's foremost American painters. Rubin follows up Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter (2006) with another accessible narrative studded with full-color reproductions of the art under discussion. Hopper emerges as an artist practically from the cradle, youthful efforts presaging the exacting career to come. His development at art school and his interactions with contemporaries Rockwell Kent, Guy Pene du Bois and George Bellows receive thorough attention, as does his mid-life romance with another former classmate, Josephine Nivison, who married Hopper and served as model, colleague and partner for the rest of his life. Art criticism joins with biography to provide commentary on both the trajectory of his career and individual compositions themselves, the reader's attention always drawn back to Hopper's masterly use of light. Text and illustrations appear against soft pastel backgrounds that themselves vary light with shadow in exquisite complement to the subject. Thumbnail biographies of Hopper's contemporaries appear in the backmatter, as does a bibliography, notes and a list of museums where readers can find Hopper's work. (Biography. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810993471
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Goldman Rubin has written acclaimed books for young readers, including Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter, Haym Salomon: American Patriot, L'Chaim!, A Sydney Taylor honor-award book and a New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age; Searching for Anne Frank; Margaret Bourke-White, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Steven Spielberg, named one of the New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age. She lives with her husband in Malibu, California.

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