Edward Hopper Paints His World

by Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor

Edward Hopper persevered in his desire to be an artist despite little success and... read more

Edward Hopper persevered in his desire to be an artist despite little success and few resources early on. He wanted to paint, and so he did paint. He fell in love with the light of Paris, but American scenes are what he wanted to capture, as he saw them. He painted old houses, lighthouses, and pictures of the sea. He painted small towns, and also the city, with the recurring theme of loneliness one way to think about the images that he captured on canvas, whether that loneliness was represented by a solitary house in the country, or by late-night diners in their solitary contemplation as in his best-known painting, Nighthawks . Robert Burleigh writes with enthusiasm, appreciation, and insight about Hopper, while Wendell Minor’s paintings are superbly suited to Hopper as subject. (Ages 7–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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