Edward Hopper was born in New York in 1882. He became a very famous artist who painted realistic paintings. Many of his paintings almost look like photographs.
Edward drew constantly from a young age. He lived next to the Hudson River, and he loved to watch boats. As a boy, he drew a lot of boats before his parents sent him to New York City and to Paris to study art. Even though other artists were doing all kinds of art, Edward preferred to paint real, ordinary things.
When he returned to New York, Edward became an illustrator for magazines. He didn’t like that job very much because he didn’t like being told exactly what to draw and how to do it. But he needed money, so he did the job. During all of that time and continued painting. He made many paintings, but he only sold one. He did become known for a few etchings that he made, and he began to win recognition and awards.
Eventually, Edward sold enough of his works to be able to quit his job as an illustrator. He married another artist, Jo Nivison, who became his favorite model to paint. Together, they loved to travel throughout the United States and paint the ordinary things they saw and the extraordinary light that shone on them.
If you’ve used our picture studies before, you know that we usually upload pictures from the artist that are right here and ready to use. This time, you’ll have to click on the links below. Hopper’s works are still under copyright, and we can’t repost prints for you. But click through on the links below and enjoy Edward Hopper’s view of the world.
Photo of Artist: By Harris & Ewing, photographer – Library of CongressCatalog: https://lccn.loc.gov/2016871478Image download: https://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/hec/22500/22501v.jpgOriginal url: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2016871478/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81780608