Edward Hopper. Pinturas y dibujos
Size: 19,5x31 cm
A selection of pages from Hopper’s personal notebooks
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Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is a key name in XX century American art. His powerful, melancholy paintings delve into the human condition, while providing a view of the United States which, over the years, has become iconic.
Landscapes, street scenes, the insides of hotels, diners, movie theatres and apartments, his lonely houses... There is nothing more American than Hopper’s painting – or perhaps America seeks its own essence in the scenes that were painted by this great artist.
When Hopper finished a picture, his wife, Josephine, who was also a painter, would make notes about it in a sketchbook, such as the name of the buyer or the exhibitions in which it had been shown. What began as a simple ledger book, gradually became an artwork in itself. Jo began to add brief descriptions of the paintings, which were becoming more complex, and Hopper added
a small sketch of each one. As Brian O’Doherty points out in his essay, in this way, the works returned to their essence, to Hopper’s original idea.
This book contains a selection of pages from Hopper’s personal notebooks, which are shown face to face with the final work, enabling the two to be compared and Hopper’s work method to be analysed. It is a unique experience that provides us with the chance to see the works as the Hoppers did, and to witness their sometimes complicated personal relationship.
As Deborah Lyons suggests, we can tiptoe into Edward Hopper’s studio, and watch without being seen.