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'While Edward Hopper was an American scene painter, and his work very much a product of it's time, there is something about his choice of subjects, coupled with his very particular point of view, that transcends much of the realism that predated the advent of Abstract Expressionism. Hopper explored the singular melancholy of the American psyche unlike any other painter of his day (or before, or since.) This superb book, one of Taschen's Basic Art series, sums up Hopper's achievement with a concise overview of his work. The text is a first-rate biography and critique rolled into one. The reproductions of the work are clear and beautifully reproduced. If you would like one volume on the work of Hopper this one can't be beat, especially for the very modest price.' - Amazon Reviewer

Edward Hopper (1882–1967) is something of an American success story, if only his success had come swifter. At the age of 40, he was a failing artist who struggled to sell a single painting. As he approached 80, Time magazine featured him on its cover. Today, half a century after his death, Hopper is considered a giant of modern expression, with an uncanny, unforgettable, and utterly distinct sense for mood and place.

Much of Hopper's work excavates modern city experience. In canvas after canvas, he depicts diners, cafes, shopfronts, street lights, gas stations, rail stations, and hotel rooms. The scenes are marked by vivid color juxtapositions and stark, theatrical lighting, as well as by harshly contoured figures, who appear at once part of, and alien to, their surroundings. The ambiance throughout his repertoire is of an eerie disquiet, alienation, loneliness and psychological tension, although his rural or coastal scenes can offer a counterpoint of tranquility or optimism.

This book presents key works from Hopper's œuvre to introduce a key player not only in American art history but also in the American psyche.


About the series

Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:

a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance

a concise biography

approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions