Edward Hopper: A Fresh Look at Landscape

by Riehen / Basel Fondation Beyeler (Author), Erika Doss (Author), David Lubin (Author), Katharina Rüppell (Author), Ulf Küster (Editor)

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Edward Hopper’s world-famous paintings articulate an idiosyncratic view of modern life. With his impressive subjects, independent pictorial vocabulary, and virtuoso play of colors, Hopper continues to influence to this day the image of the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. He began his career as an illustrator and became famous around the globe for his oil paintings. They testify to his great interest in the effects of color and his mastery in depicting light and shadow. The Fondation Beyeler is devoting its large exhibition in the spring of 2020 to Hopper’s iconic images of the vast American landscape. The catalogue gathers together all of the paintings, watercolors, and drawings from the 1910s to the 1960s on display in the exhibition, and supplements them with essays focused on the subject of depicting landscape.

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper defined 20th-century realism with his austere, eerie scenes that conveyed the alienation and isolation of modern life. Nighthawks (1942), a painting of three customers sitting at the counter of a diner late at night, is among his most famous works. The illusion of light pervades his paintings, which depict late 19th-century architecture, coastal views, and scenes of the city. Hopper’s characters, even when painted in groups, seem disconnected and lost in thought. “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,” he said. – Artsy

Product Details

Hardcover: 168 pages
ISBN-10: 3775746544
ISBN-13: 978-3775746540
Dimensions: 30.48 x 1.91 x 27.94 cm
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag; 1st edition (27 Feb. 2020)
Language: English

Editorial Reviews

Hopper rejected the formulas and rules that governed landscape painting before his time. While the Hudson River School and its European predecessors saw land as a well-composed, static entity, Hopper's landscapes suggest that not everything has been neatly captured in view. "Landscape is an image of nature that doesn't change, but nature is changing," the exhibition's curator Ulf Küster recently said, mentioning the Australian bushfires and the threat of climate change. "Hopper makes changing nature visible. He shows landscape as part of something bigger, something that is perhaps beyond our control."
Lauren Ford
Art and Object
"The visual bard of American solitude--not loneliness, a maudlin projection--speaks to our isolated states these days with fortuitous poignance. [...] I haven't seen "Edward Hopper: A Fresh Look at Landscape," a large show at the lately reopened Beyeler Foundation... I take its fine catalogue, edited by the exhibition's curator, Ulf Küster, as occasion enough for reflecting anew on the artist's stubborn force."
Peter Schjeldahl
New Yorker
"Casting a caustic eye on modernity and a watchful one upon nature, Hopper ranks among the most haunting of the last Romantics."
David Anfam
Art Newspaper

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