Edward Hopper - A Biography

One of the best-known American artists of the early 1900’s was Edward Hopper. This American artist ranks up there with some of the greatest that have ever put ink to papyrus. Hopper was famous for always quoting a phrase whenever someone asked him to critique another artist work. What Edward would say was “The man’s the work. Something doesn’t come out of nothing!” and by being a man of his word Edward Hopper proved this time and time again with the intensity of his work and his nonsocial life. One of the most intensely private artists who adore the solitude and introspection, Edward Hopper placed those beans into his body of work.

Self Portrait
Self Portrait

Family Owned a Dry-Goods Store

Edward Hopper was born in Nyack, New York on July 22, 1882. Raised in a strictly solid middle-class, Edward Hopper’s father owned a dry goods store in which the young Ed worked from time to time. At age 17 Edward Hopper knew what he wanted to be when he became a full-fledged adult. That dream was to be an artist that was both well-known and well appreciated for his body of work. The education of Edward Hopper started at the New York School of Illustrating and upon graduation from this fine institution of artistry, the young American artist went straight to Paris, France.

Summer Interior
Summer Interior

Paris Nights Not so Bright for Hopper

France was the destination location for a good many artists of the time. What’s interesting about Edward Hopper’s time while in Paris, France was how the still young artist commented upon the trips. Edward Hopper was known to speak negatively about Parisian nights and with little hoopla. It was during a trip to Amsterdam that Hopper fell in love with a painting and this would influence his paintings and his body of work for his entire lifetime. It seems that the Parisian life had impacted young Edward Hopper more than he anticipated and bargain for.

New York Restaurant
New York Restaurant

Greenwich Village New York

After spending some time in Europe and Paris, Ed Hopper settled down with his new wife and life in Greenwich Village, New York. The area was long known as an artist haven and this set well with Hopper as he began to create some of his best modernistic works. His first famous work was Summer Interior.The Rhine Gallery in New York in 1924 was the setting for Ed Hopper’s second solo show and was a sellout as well. The following year, Edward Hopper painted his first fully mounted picture, The House by the Rail Road. The success of this initial offering took off as well as Edward Hopper’s overall life and awarded the artist with both fame and fortune. Hopper became a pictorial poet who recorded the starkness and expansiveness of an America that was growing by leaps and bounds. Even through the Depression of the 1930’s, Hopper and his family survived and thrived.

Edward Hopper was laid to rest in 1967. His wife, Jo Hopper, passed 10 months later. A great artist and a conceptual gentleman, Edward Hopper and his body of work met both of his very straight goals of personal achievement and paste significance.

Nighthawks
Nighthawks

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sj 5 years ago

i think Edward Hopper is AWESOME!!!!! thanks for putting the website out to public.


sj 5 years ago

i think Edward Hopper is AWESOME!!!!! thanks for putting the website out to public.


kathy finnegan 4 years ago

did he paint summer dreams


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Raceme 23 months ago

Thanks for writing about one of my favorite painters! I really do wishe you'd put Two Comedians somewhere in there though, since it offered a lot of insight into his character towards the end of his life.

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