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The first significant American painter in 20th century art

Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is considered the first important American painter in 20th century. After decades of patient work, Hopper enjoyed a success and popularity that since the 1950s has continually grown.In canvas after canvas he painted the loneliness of urban people. Many of Hopper's pictures represent views
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 9th 2011 by Taschen (first published 1992)
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Luís C.
Jul 12, 2016 Luís C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edward Hopper was born in Nyack, New York, a town located on the west side of the Hudson River, to a middle-class family that encouraged his artistic abilities. After graduating from high school, he studied briefly at the Correspondence School of Illustrating in New York City (1899–1900), and then he enrolled in classes at the New York School of Art (1900–1906). In his shift from illustration to the fine arts, he studied with William Merritt Chase, a leading American Impressionist painter, and w ...more
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I don't know the difference between this book and the similar-looking one one published a year later, but mine had the Chop Suey cover. Renner is a little nuts in ascribing unconscious thoughts and emotions to Hopper. For example, Renner thinks the Cop Suey sign suggests sex. If not entirely simple and straightforward, I think Hopper is much more so than his critics like to believe. So the text is a bit crazy, but illustrations are beautiful and well chosen. I am grateful to Taschen for its ...more
Apr 28, 2016 J rated it really liked it
It's a worthwhile text to read but it's a very involved text. Though only 95 pages, the heavily academic prose is designed to encourage the reader to think deeply about Hopper's work in the context of his career and the work of his contemporary artists and successors.

The plethora of full-colored plates makes this an enjoyable coffee table text. Certainly, anyone who likes Hopper's work should read this, but unless you're ready to take a serious academic look at Hopper, I would go for lighter fa
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Born in 1945, Prof. Dr. Rolf G. Renner is Professor for Modern German Literature and Director of the Frankreich-Zentrum at the University of Freiburg/Germany. He is also professeur invité at the IHEE Strasbourg/France and an Officier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. His main teaching and research interests are: 20th century literature, literary and media theory.

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