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Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography

Written by Gail Levin

  • April 24, 2007
  • Hardcover
  • Biography & Autobiography - Artists, Architects, Photographers
  • Rizzoli
  • 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • $15.00
  • $17.00
  • 978-0-8478-2930-9

About This Book

"A definitive biography." Robert Hughes, Time "A nearly flawless account of a remarkable artist . . . a compelling and accessible narrative for anyone even remotely interested in modern American art." Michael Kammen, The New York Times Book Review This acclaimed biography of Edward Hopper is essential reading for anyone interested in the world-famous realist artist. This second, expanded edition doubles the number of illustrations, and includes a new section of paintings in color. A newly added section on Hopper's international influence on culture, especially on contemporary art, poetry, and cinema, makes this edition unique. The original biography (Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography, Knopf, 1995) has long been considered the seminal review of Edward Hopper's life and work. The biography's focus is the laconic, introverted painter's stormy forty-three-year marriage to outspoken and gregarious Josephine ("Jo") Nivison, herself an artist, and draws extensively on Jo Hopper's intimate diaries, which she kept from the early 1930s until shortly before her death in 1968 (just 10 months after her husband died).

About the Author

Gail Levin is professor of fine and performing arts, art history, American studies, and women's studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. An internationally known curator, she has organized many exhibitions on Edward Hopper. Among her other books are Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné, and The Poetry of Solitude: A Tribute to Edward Hopper.

Reviews

  • "Three essays appended add new significance.... demonstrates how Hopper’s wife was an artist in her own right and an important influence. She recorded a difficult marriage and the art world around her in her diaries. Hopper’s paintings are seen anew in light of her revelations. Libraries should purchase this..." ~Choice

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