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Hopper : Taschen Basic Art Series - Rolf G. Renner

Hopper

Taschen Basic Art Series

Hardcover Published: 7th December 2015
ISBN: 9783836500333
Number Of Pages: 96

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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 oeuvre to introduce a key player not only in American art history but also in the American psyche.

About the Author

Rolf G. Renner, born in 1945, earned his doctorate in 1976, and has taught at the universities of Göttingen and Munich (Germany), Charlottesville (Virginia), and Columbia (New York). Since 1988, he has served as professor at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Numerous of his articles have appeared in various magazines and journals.

ISBN: 9783836500333
ISBN-10: 3836500337
Series: Taschen Basic Art Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 7th December 2015
Publisher: TASCHEN AMER LLC
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 21.59  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.56

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