Prominent American artist Edward Hopper was known primarily for his realistic oil paintings but the current Norman Rockwell Museum exhibit presents his lesser known side with “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator.”
Edward Hopper’s realist paintings are touchstones of the American twentieth century. His images have become an integral part of the very grain of the American experience, and his work continues to reflect and express classic American scenes and sensibilities. How ironic is it, then, that his career as illustrator, which came after his first, one-person exhibition of paintings in 1920, is largely ignored and glossed over?
The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator, on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum through October 26, 2014, is an exhibit that presents both a unique and comprehensive study of the twenty-year-long yet little-known career of this iconic American realist master as an illustrator.
Hopper found little support for his paintings during the years of 1906 to 1925. He was forced to earn his living, instead, by working as an illustrator, creating covers and story illustrations for magazines. While Hopper never publicly reflected on his illustrating career – or much else; he was exceedingly private – much of the work from this period still exist both as proofs and in the resulting printed forms.
Despite Edward Hopper’s own belief that an artist’s development can be traced from the efforts of his formative years, very little focus has ever been given to the illustrations the artist created for big name magazines such as Scribner’s, Country Gentleman, and Everybody’s – not to mention for specialty publications like The Morse Dial, and Wells Fargo Messenger – until now!
The Norman Rockwell Museum contains the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, offering visitors an opportunity to experience Rockwell’s art, life, and legacy, as well as exhibits of other, related artist’s works, such as Edward Hopper’s illustrations, here in the artist’s New England hometown of Stockbridge.
The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator
At the Norman Rockwell Museum through October 26, 2014
9 Route 183
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