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Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time - Second Editionby Barbara Haskell
Synopses & Reviews
One of the foremost chroniclers of pre-World War II American urbanism, painter and printmaker Edward Hopper depicted hauntingly isolated figures in diners, railroad cars, and rented rooms at the beginning of the twentieth century. A lifelong New Yorker, Hopper took the loneliness of big city life as one of his most persistent themes, and his often dark and remarkably realistic works have come to symbolize the melancholy of modern life.
This new and sumptuously illustrated volume reproduces six of Hoppers major works, together with selections from more than thirty other well-known artists of the time, including Man Ray, German-American expressionist Lyonel Feininger, photographer and precisionist painter Charles Sheeler, and Georgia OKeeffe. Together, these works—all owned by New Yorks Whitney Museum of American Art—illustrate the rapid development of cities, a central theme in American art prior to World War II.
Powerful and sometimes nostalgic, the works of Hopper and his contemporaries portray an earlier “modern” America—yet one whose sense of isolation, estrangement, and vulnerability resonates equally well with todays increasingly fast-paced society. Modern Life is a beautiful and informative book and a fine introduction to this important group of twentieth-century artists.
About the Author
Ortrud Westheider is director of the Bucerius Kunstforum, an arts collective in Hamburg. Michael Philipp is curator at the Bucerius Kunstforum.
Table of Contents
Ortrud Westheider and Emily Ansenk
Urban Visions: The Ashcan School and Edward Hopper
The Thrill of the City: Urban Experience and Avant-Garde Art
An American in Munich and Berlin: Marsden Hartley and the Blaue Reiter
Edward Hopper: Between Realism and Abstraction
National Identities: The Synthesis of the Urban and the Rural in the Work of Charles Sheeler
Crashing the Gate: The Whitney Museum's Advocacy of Modern American Art
Catalogue (with texts by the Whitney Museum, Michael Philipp, Susanne Scharf and Ortrud Westheider)
Experiment and Abstraction
Edward Hopper: Melancholy in Modernism
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