Friday, April 8, 2016

Noirsville Iconic Artwork/Photograph of the Week

Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was a prominent 
American realist painter and printmaker. While he was most 
popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient 
as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban 
and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected 
his personal vision of modern American life.

 His stature took a sharp rise in 1931 when major museums, 
including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, paid thousands of dollars for his 
works. He sold 30 paintings that year, including 13 watercolors. 
The following year he participated in the first Whitney Annual, 
and he continued to exhibit in every annual at the museum for the 
rest of his life. In 1933, the Museum of Modern Art gave Hopper 
his first large-scale retrospective.

Hopper was very productive through the 1930s and early 1940s, 
producing among many important works New York Movie (1939), 
Girlie Show (1941), Nighthawks (1942), Hotel Lobby (1943), and 
Morning in a City (1944). During the late 1940s, however, he suffered 
a period of relative inactivity. He admitted, "I wish I could paint more. 
I get sick of reading and going to the movies."[48] In the two decades 
to come his health faltered, and he had several prostate surgeries and 
other medical problems.[48] Nonetheless, in the 1950s and early 
1960s, he created several more major works, including First Row 
Orchestra (1951); as well as Morning Sun and Hotel by a Railroad, 
both in 1952; and Intermission in 1963. (excerpts from Wiki) 

Early Sunday Morning - Edward Hopper

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