Hopper Drawing

Hopper Drawing

by Carter E. Foster
     
 


Edward Hopper (1882–1967) is recognized as one of the most well-known American artists of the 20th century. His distinctive style, combining subtle observations of the world with his imagination, has not only influenced other artists but also photographers, filmmakers, and popular culture. Although Hopper is primarily known for his oil paintings, including…  See more details below

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Edward Hopper (1882–1967) is recognized as one of the most well-known American artists of the 20th century. His distinctive style, combining subtle observations of the world with his imagination, has not only influenced other artists but also photographers, filmmakers, and popular culture. Although Hopper is primarily known for his oil paintings, including such iconic works as Nighthawks (1942) and Early Sunday Morning (1930), this important publication is the first comprehensive exploration of his drawings and working methods.  
 
In 1967, Hopper’s widow, Josephine Nivison Hopper, bequeathed her husband’s artistic estate to the Whitney Museum of American Art, including a fascinating collection of more than 2,500 drawings spanning his entire career. This group of works has never been the subject of in-depth study and many have never been reproduced before. Hopper kept these drawings for personal reference as he revisited various themes throughout his career. Carter E. Foster examines how Hopper used his drawings to develop his paintings, arguing that the artist’s work can only be fully understood after careful study of these preparatory sketches. Foster also argues that Hopper was, in many ways, a traditional draftsman who methodically developed schematic ideas into detailed studies to refine content. However, the steps toward this refinement are unique to Hopper and reveal how he turned the mundane into poetic images with universal appeal.  

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Publishers Weekly
★ 08/12/2013
Directing attention to the drawings and sketches of Edward Hopper, an artist known for his indispensable impact on oil painting, this catalogue is flush with keen and surprising insight. Little critical attention has been given to the artist's drawings, in part because he often discredited them himself. Reproduced here in generous number and with liberal detail, the work is contextualized as a fundamental aspect of his process and his overarching vision. Fans of Hopper will be familiar with his subtle, otherworldly manipulation of light and shadow and his seemingly innate ability to transform the commonplace into moments of poetic awe. By tracking the many sketches and revisions of some of his most iconic works (Nighthawks, Office at Night, and Early Sunday Morning get particular attention), the essays in this catalogue make evident the intimate links between method, imagination, and craft that allowed this singular style to emerge. The breadth and depth of these studies equal the expansive selection of sketchings, and while the exacting detail of the analysis goes further than many readers might expect, the recurrent moments of acuity alleviate any sense of academic tedium. In text and image that are truly useful, the catalogue manages to make new one of the most familiar artists of the past century. Color illustrations. (June)
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300181494
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
157,953
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 12.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Carter E. Foster is Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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