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February 17, 2005

Eye Candy

Once again, because it's a favorite:

Edward Hopper's Nighthawks 1942.jpg

by Edward Hopper

Biography from artfacts.net:

Born in Nyack, New York (US)

Edward Hopper is considered to be one of America's greatest modern painters.

Son of Garret Henry Hopper and Elizabeth Griffiths Smith Hopper, initially attends a private school and then the local public school, Nyack High School

1899 - 1900
With his parents’ support, studies illustration at the Correspondence School of Illustrating

1900 - 1906
New York School of Art, studies illustration with Arthur Keller and Frank Vincent DuMond, then painting under Robert Henri, William Merritt Chase, and Kenneth Hayes Miller. Painted [Solitary Figure in a Theatre]

Employed as an illustrator by C. C. Phillips & Company, a New York advertising agency

Visits Paris, painting city streets in an Impressionist manner and watercolour caricatures

Participates in his first exhibition, organised by fifteen of Robert Henri’s students in the old Harmonie Club building, 43-45 West Forty-second Street, New York

1909 - 1910
Visits Paris twice, painting out-of-doors along the Seine frequently

During winter exhibits in the International Exhibition, the Armory Show and sold his first canvas there, Sailing 1911. Moves to top-floor studio at 3 Washington Square North, New York, where he lived until his death

1915 - 1924
Learns to etch and concentrates on printmaking, producing an outstanding array of etchings and drypoints. Including: American Landscape 1920

Solo exhibition of paintings, principally of his Paris years at the Whitney Studio Club, New York. None of the paintings sell, and at thirty-seven, still dependent on commercial illustration to earn his living, Hopper begins to doubt whether he will achieve success as an artist

Begins to paint with watercolours, one is bought by the Brooklyn Museum. Awarded prizes for etching in exhibitions in Chicago and Los Angeles. Exhibits at National Arts Club, New York, in the Humorist’s Exhibition

Marries the painter, Josephine Verstille Nivison. Approaches Frank Rehn who offers him his first solo exhibition at a commercial gallery; all eleven paintings sell and five more are sold from the back room, enabling Hopper to give up commercial illustration work and encouraging him to paint in oils again

Exhibits at the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia, they purchase an oil painting. Visits Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he paints seven watercolours

Paints Automat. With sale of Two on the Aisle for 1,500 dollars buys first automobile, a two-year-old Dodge. He is able to paint in remote places in both Ogunquit and Gloucester

Included in MoMA’s second exhibition, Paintings by Nineteen Living Americans

Paints Early Sunday Morning. During the summer, Hopper and his wife rent “Bird Cage Cottage” in South Truro, Massachusetts on Cape Cod

At age of fifty-one, receives his first large-scale solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Exhibits twenty-five oils, thirty-seven watercolours and eleven prints

In July Hopper and his wife move into the studio/house that he has designed in South Truro (where they spent most of their successive summers)

Paints House at Dusk. Awarded Temple Gold Medal, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the First Purchase Prize in watercolour, Worchester Art

Paints Office at Night

Paints Nighthawks, purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago, and is an overnight success, becoming signature work for Hopper and an iconic American image

Awarded Logan Art Institute Medal and Honorarium, The Art Institute of Chicago

Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, touring to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Awarded honorary degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, by the Art Institute of Chicago. Paints Cape Cod Morning

Hopper was one of four artists chosen by the American Federation of Arts to represent the United States in the Venice Biennale. Paints Morning Sun

Awarded Honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, Rutgers University. The Metropolitan Museum, about to open new American wing, purchases Office in a Small City

Gold Medal for Painting presented by the National Institute of Arts and Letters in the name of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Awarded Huntington Hartford Foundation fellowship and stays at foundation’s headquarters in Pacific Palisades, California for six months

Solo exhibition at Currier Gallery of Art, tours to Rhode Island School of Design in December and Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

Receives Art in America Annual Award. Paints Second Story Sunlight

October-November, The Complete Graphic Work of Edward Hopper, runs at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Receives award from the St Botolph Club, Boston. Retrospective Exhibition at the Arizona Art Gallery, in South Truro. Paints Sun in an Empty Room

May, protracted illness keeps Hopper from painting. Awarded M. V. Khonstamn Prize for Painting, The Art Institute of Chicago. September-November, major Retrospective Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which travels to the Art Institute of Chicago and is well received by critics

Retrospective tours to the Detroit Institute of Arts and the City Art Museum of St Louis. Awarded honorary degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, Philadelphia College of Art. July 16, death of Hopper’s sister Marion in Nyack, New York. Paints final work Two Comedians

Awarded Edward MacDowell Medal

Edward Hopper dies in his studio at 3 Washington Square North

Jo Hopper dies on 6 March

Posted by Dan at February 17, 2005 10:27 PM

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Wow! This speaks volumes to me.

Thanks for sharing

Posted by: Carla at February 18, 2005 01:32 PM

I'm posting a graphic by Hopper, and came across your site in my viewings. Nice work.

Posted by: sonofwalker [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 4, 2005 09:51 PM

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