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Edward Hopper was one of the most renowned American painters who created some masterpieces in oil painting

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BirthdayJuly 22, 1882
Died onMay 15, 1967
NationalityAmerican
FamousArtists & Painters, Artists
SpousesJosephine Hopper
Known asHopper
Universities
  • Nyack High School
Birth PlaceNyack
GenderMale
FatherGarret Henry Hopper
MotherElizabeth Griffiths Smith
Sun SignCancer
Born inNyack
Famous asPainter
Died at Age84

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Who is Edward Hopper?

Edward Hopper was an American painter who earned recognition with his oil paintings. He had an affinity to painting from his early childhood and even though he was born to a middle-class family, his parents sought to enhance his talent. He learnt to paint under the tutelage of renowned painter Robert Henri at New York School of Art. There he learnt to portray commonplace themes onto the canvas which he later perfected to establish his unique style of painting. He even made some etchings which got recognized but to earn recognition as a painter, he had to struggle for a few years. However, once his career took off, there was no looking back for this artist. He dabbled with oil paintings and was successful in creating beautiful paintings which were later recognized as masterpieces in American Art. His themes and settings were closely related to places we visit in everyday life like hotels, railroads, theatres and streets. He belonged to the Ashcan School of art and his paintings were well-knit with proper geometric settings which marked his uniqueness. He was a prolific painter but his ill health did not allow him to paint. However, his creativity was not marred completely by his illness and he created some of the best known paintings in American art which continue to allure onlookers

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on 22nd July, 1882, to Garret Henry Hopper and Elizabeth Griffiths Smith, in Upper Nyack, New York. He had a sibling named Marion and they belonged to a mercantile family.

He had an affinity to artistic work and after completing high school studies, he joined the ‘Correspondence School of Illustrating in New York City’ where he studied from 1899-1900. He then attended the ‘New York School of Art’ where he was trained by renowned painters William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri.

After completing his training as an illustrator, he embarked on three trips which later influenced his art form.

In 1906, he travelled to Paris and at that time it was the brimming with artistic revolution, and Cubism style of visual art had already taken place. There he was introduced to ‘Impressionism’ movement of art, which influenced his work to a great extent.

He made two more trips to Paris and some other European countries in between 1907-10.

Career

In 1910, he went back to New York and launched into a career as a freelancer artist. He even arranged a studio there in which he tried to put his thoughts onto the canvas but found it very difficult to decide on what to paint.

During that time he made a painting named ‘Sailing’ which he exhibited in the ‘Armory Show’ in 1913 and became his first painting to be sold. He expected to earn some recognition after selling this painting but his hopes were not realised.

Soon after, he travelled to Manhattan and settled in Washington Square near Greenwich Village, where he continued to live till his death.

He then dabbled with some illustration work while working as the public relations handler of a movie company. Owing to his interest in theatre and movie he took up the job despite the fact that he found the job of creating posters uninteresting.

During 1915, this painter began to create artistic pieces using the technique of etching and made as many as seventy pieces which were about the city life of Paris and New York.

In the beginning of 1920s, he became popular as an etching artist and created some of the finest pieces using this technique like ‘Night on the El Train’ (couples in silence), ‘The Catboat’ (simple nautical scene) and ‘Evening Wind’ (solitary female).

He also created two significant oil-paintings during this time which were ‘New York Interior’ and ‘New York Restaurant’. He constantly created paintings but did not get desired recognition as a painter.

In 1920, his works were exhibited at the ‘Whitney Studio Club’, which even though was not a commercial success but it became a benchmark in his career. After this exhibition, he continued his artistic work and eventually got recognition. His painting ‘Girl at Sewing Machine’ was made during this period.

Within a few years, he got another exhibition to his credit, which was held at the ‘Frank K. M. Rehn Gallery’, New York. This exhibition turned the wheels of fortune for him as it became a huge commercial success.

His marriage to Josephine Nivison, who was a fellow artist, helped him to manage his life and art work and in 1923, she helped him to get his watercolours exhibited at the ‘Brooklyn Museum’ and his painting ‘The Mansard Roof’ was sold to the museum for a handsome amount.

In 1930, one of his paintings ‘House by the Railroad’ was included in the collection of the ‘Museum of Modern Arts’, New York. Soon after, all renowned museums wanted to exhibit his paintings in their gallery and paid him well to acquire his works.

He and his wife travelled through the South Royalton, Vermont during 1937-38, and during this journey, he created some of his best watercolour paintings of which ‘Branch of the White River’ is one. A year later, he painted ‘New York Movie’.

During 1940s he painted prolifically and created some of his best paintings such as ‘Nighthawks’, ‘Girlie Show’, ‘Hotel Lobby’, ‘Morning in a City’ and ‘Office at Night’.

By the end of that decade, his health deteriorated which hindered him from painting. He did not produce paintings for a long time and spent the next decade in inactivity.

However, before his death he created some of his remarkable paintings like the ‘Hotel by a Railroad’, ‘First Row Orchestra’, ‘Morning Sun’ and ‘Intermission’.

Major Works

Hopper created some of the best oil paintings which are still considered among the best paintings in American art. His use of light and darkness, and the well-knit settings within which his models are portrayed in seclusion, mark the uniqueness of his paintings. Some of his most renowned creations are ‘Model Reading’, ‘Nighthawks’ and Room in Brooklyn’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1923, he was awarded with the ‘Logan Prize’ and the ‘Chicago Society of Etchers’ for his etchings created during that time. He was also awarded with the ‘W.A. Bryan Prize’ during the same time.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1924, he married Josephine Nivison, a fellow student at the institute where they were trained under the tutelage of Robert Henri. This marriage helped Edward in his artistic venture as his wife supported him and even modelled for most of his paintings.

Josephine was his strongest support and provided constructive criticism which helped him improve his skills.

This exceptional painter breathed his last on 15th May, 1967, in his studio, and a few months after his death, his wife too deceased.

Josephine handed over their collection of paintings to ‘Whitney Museum of American Art’. Most of his paintings are displayed at the ‘Museum of Modern Art’, ‘Art Institute of Chicago’ and ‘The Des Moines Art Center’.

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Edward Hopper awards

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Logan Medal of the Arts

Edward Hopper biography timelines

  • // 22nd Jul 1882
    He was born on 22nd July, 1882, to Garret Henry Hopper and Elizabeth Griffiths Smith, in Upper Nyack, New York. He had a sibling named Marion and they belonged to a mercantile family.
  • // 1899 To 1900
    He had an affinity to artistic work and after completing high school studies, he joined the ‘Correspondence School of Illustrating in New York City’ where he studied from 1899-1900. He then attended the ‘New York School of Art’ where he was trained by renowned painters William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri.
  • // 1906
    In 1906, he travelled to Paris and at that time it was the brimming with artistic revolution, and Cubism style of visual art had already taken place. There he was introduced to ‘Impressionism’ movement of art, which influenced his work to a great extent.
  • // 1907 To 1910
    He made two more trips to Paris and some other European countries in between 1907-10.
  • // 1910
    In 1910, he went back to New York and launched into a career as a freelancer artist. He even arranged a studio there in which he tried to put his thoughts onto the canvas but found it very difficult to decide on what to paint.
  • // 1913
    During that time he made a painting named ‘Sailing’ which he exhibited in the ‘Armory Show’ in 1913 and became his first painting to be sold. He expected to earn some recognition after selling this painting but his hopes were not realised.
  • // 1915
    During 1915, this painter began to create artistic pieces using the technique of etching and made as many as seventy pieces which were about the city life of Paris and New York.
  • // 1920
    In 1920, his works were exhibited at the ‘Whitney Studio Club’, which even though was not a commercial success but it became a benchmark in his career. After this exhibition, he continued his artistic work and eventually got recognition. His painting ‘Girl at Sewing Machine’ was made during this period.
  • // 1923
    His marriage to Josephine Nivison, who was a fellow artist, helped him to manage his life and art work and in 1923, she helped him to get his watercolours exhibited at the ‘Brooklyn Museum’ and his painting ‘The Mansard Roof’ was sold to the museum for a handsome amount.
  • // 1923
    In 1923, he was awarded with the ‘Logan Prize’ and the ‘Chicago Society of Etchers’ for his etchings created during that time. He was also awarded with the ‘W.A. Bryan Prize’ during the same time.
  • // 1924
    In 1924, he married Josephine Nivison, a fellow student at the institute where they were trained under the tutelage of Robert Henri. This marriage helped Edward in his artistic venture as his wife supported him and even modelled for most of his paintings.
  • // 1930
    In 1930, one of his paintings ‘House by the Railroad’ was included in the collection of the ‘Museum of Modern Arts’, New York. Soon after, all renowned museums wanted to exhibit his paintings in their gallery and paid him well to acquire his works.
  • // 1937 To 1938
    He and his wife travelled through the South Royalton, Vermont during 1937-38, and during this journey, he created some of his best watercolour paintings of which ‘Branch of the White River’ is one. A year later, he painted ‘New York Movie’.
  • // 15th May 1967
    This exceptional painter breathed his last on 15th May, 1967, in his studio, and a few months after his death, his wife too deceased.

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Edward Hopper's FAQ

  • What is Edward Hopper birthday?

    Edward Hopper was born at 1882-07-22

  • When was Edward Hopper died?

    Edward Hopper was died at 1967-05-15

  • Where was Edward Hopper died?

    Edward Hopper was died in New York City

  • Which age was Edward Hopper died?

    Edward Hopper was died at age 84

  • Where is Edward Hopper's birth place?

    Edward Hopper was born in Nyack

  • What is Edward Hopper nationalities?

    Edward Hopper's nationalities is American

  • Who is Edward Hopper spouses?

    Edward Hopper's spouses is Josephine Hopper

  • What was Edward Hopper universities?

    Edward Hopper studied at Nyack High School

  • Who is Edward Hopper's father?

    Edward Hopper's father is Garret Henry Hopper

  • Who is Edward Hopper's mother?

    Edward Hopper's mother is Elizabeth Griffiths Smith

  • What is Edward Hopper's sun sign?

    Edward Hopper is Cancer

  • How famous is Edward Hopper?

    Edward Hopper is famouse as Painter