Edward Hopper and the American Imagination

Edward Hopper and the American Imagination

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Edward Hopper's themes of alienation and loneliness, the emptiness of his city and landscapes, his silent hills and houses, the stark light and vivid colours of his paintings of Cape Cod - all have had a lasting impression on how Americans view themselves and their country, as well as having had an effect on how Europeans perceive America. Published to accompany the 1995 exhibition of the same name at the Whitney Museum in New York, this volume includes in full colour 65 of Edward Hopper's most important works. Accompanying the paintings are works by poets, playwrights and novelists that pay homage to, or make reference to, the ways in which Hopper depicted America. Among the contributors are Paul Auster, Ann Beattie, William Kennedy, Norman Mailer, Walter Mosley and Grace Paley, and an essay by art historian and Hopper expert Gail Levin is also featured.show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 195.58 x 241.3 x 35.56mm | 1,111.3g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0393038149
  • 9780393038149

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Loneliness and quiet desperation pervade these stories and poems inspired by, or reminiscent of, the paintings of Edward Hopper. This volume, whose publication coincides with the opening of a show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, includes full-color reproductions of 59 of Hopper's paintings as well as literary contributions from Paul Auster, Grace Paley, William Kennedy, Thom Gunn, and others. Sometimes, as in Leonard Michaels's "The Nothing That Is Not There," one of Hopper's paintings makes an appearance in the narrative, sparking the imaginations of the characters portrayed. In Ann Beattie's "Cape Cod Evening," the characters are drawn from the figures of Hopper's 1939 painting of the same name. Other pieces, Galway Kinnell's poem "Hitchhiker" or Norman Mailer's 1940 story "The Greatest Thing in the World," for example, are merely Hopperesque: gritty scenes of American life in the mid-20th century. The book is rounded off with an essay by art historian Gall Levin (CUNY) that discusses, fittingly, Hopper's influence on other contemporary artists. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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