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Meet the Masters

Grade Three

ARTIST: PRINT:

HOPPER, EDWARD (1882-1967)

APPROACHING A CITY PHILLIPS COLLECTION WASHINGTON, D.C.

20th Century American

Date: 1946 Size: 27” x 36 Medium: Oil on canvas

ARTIST - Edward Hopper was born in Nyack, New York and initially studied art in New York. In 1906, he studied art in Paris but kept to himself, seldom entering art circles. Returning to America, he sold a canvas at the 1913 Armory Show. He abandoned painting for ten years and devoted his time to commercial illustration. When he took up painting again at age 43, he approached it as a mature man with a definite viewpoint.

Hopper was preoccupied with loneliness. He found it everywhere and painted it. A stillness and vague emptiness are present in his works. A single house or isolated people remind the viewer of a suddenly remembered moment. His 'remembered moments' were gathered traveling about the country throughout his life. He ignored nature and focused on man-made objects.

PRINT - In Approaching a City, Hopper gives us his interpretation of city life. He paid attention to the details of the buildings. They are constructed solidly. The same feeling is there for the tunnel and railroad tracks in the foreground of the painting. The obvious absence of people and the activity of a city give us an eerie feeling of loneliness and desertion. Adding to this is the train tracks leading into the darkness of the tunnel. It could almost be a pre-dawn scene, but the small patch of blue sky tells us a different story.

PORTFOLIO B PAIRED WITH:

EVERGOOD SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

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