Hopper's Places

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In the acclaimed first edition of Hopper's Places, Gail Levin paired paintings by Edward Hopper with her photographs of the subjects of paintings done in New York and environs, Maine, Gloucester, and Cape Cod to demonstrate how Hopper made art of everyday scenes and how he sometimes made intentional changes from what he observed. For this new edition, Levin has added documentary photographs and Hopper's paintings of sites in Paris, where he painted for several years as a young man, Charleston, Mexico, and the ...
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Overview

In the acclaimed first edition of Hopper's Places, Gail Levin paired paintings by Edward Hopper with her photographs of the subjects of paintings done in New York and environs, Maine, Gloucester, and Cape Cod to demonstrate how Hopper made art of everyday scenes and how he sometimes made intentional changes from what he observed. For this new edition, Levin has added documentary photographs and Hopper's paintings of sites in Paris, where he painted for several years as a young man, Charleston, Mexico, and the western U.S. to give a broader view of the range of his work and the power with which he transformed his subjects while still remaining faithful to their essential features.
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Art biographer Gail Levin has expanded her earlier edition of Hopper's Places by including new documentary photographs of the sites Hopper painted in France, Mexico, Charleston, and Gettysburg, in addition to the New England locations that were covered previously. The comparative method the author uses offers an intriguing glimpse into how Hopper created his powerful compositions through careful alteration.
New York Times Book Review
A rare opportunity to ponder how Hopper made the ordinary extraordinary.
Library Journal
Edward Hopper's paintings, and photographs of the sites on which they are based, are the focus of Levin's book. This comparative view illustrates Hopper's compositional approach, his use of cropping, his exaggeration of the vertical or horizontal elements, and his simplifications, which Levin details. Further, the photographs tell us about Hopper, his watercolor and oil technique, and his subject preferences. The photographs themselves, taken in most cases several decades after the paintings were made, are equally illustrative of America's changing landscape. Though Hopper's Places will appeal to scholars and fans, the content is rather limited. Other monographs, including Levin's own ( Edward Hopper: the art and the artist , LJ 10/1/80) are much more illuminating. Douglas G. Campbell, Ctr. for Fine Arts, Warner Pacific Coll., Portland, Ore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394583204
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/29/1989
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Levin is Professor of Art History at the City University of New York. Among her books are Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography (1996, available in paperback from California) Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné (1995), and Marsden Hartley in Bavaria (1989).
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Hopper's Places 3
New York and Environs 19
Maine 35
Gloucester 57
Cape Cod 77
Gettysburg 97
Charleston 103
Western United States 113
Mexico 135
Paris 149
Credits 162
Acknowledgments 165
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