Edward Hopper American, 1882-1967


“Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world. No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.”

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper was born in Nyack, New York and is one of the most prominent American artists, known for his distinguished oil paintings, watercolors, and etchings. He began his rigorous studies at the New York School of Art in 1900 where he made his transition from illustration to painting and was a student of Robert Henri. Also studying under Henri during this time was Josephine Nevision, a promising young artist, who would later marry Hopper in 1924. Josephine would be the model and subject of many of Hopper’s greatest and most celebrated works. Hopper took his first trip to Paris in 1906 where he encountered the works of Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet. Degas and Manet had a lasting impact on Hopper, influencing the themes and subject matter of his work. Although Hopper is recognized internationally today, his success was not achieved overnight. He would exhibit at the 1913 Armory Show and the Whitney Studio Club, but would not achieve commercial success until his solo show with Rehn Galleries, selling every work from the exhibition. Some of Hopper’s most well-known scenes of Cape Cod, inspired by the quaint town of Truro where he and Nevision summered, are prime examples of his attention to detail and light.

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