Our Art / Edward Hopper
The quintessential American Realist painter, Hopper (1882–1967) painted urban and rural scenes that reflected his personal vision of American life. His empty cityscapes, quiet landscapes, and isolated figures reflect his reserved nature and gentle sense of humor.
Hopper staged scenes positioning actors to photograph as reference, creating moments as if from a movie before or just after the climax of a scene. Most of Hopper's figure paintings focus on the subtle interaction of human beings with their environment, conveying emotional themes of solitude, loneliness, and ennui of modern life. Hopper said: “Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.”