Edward Hopper

Art on This Day


Widely acknowledged as the most important American realist painter of the 20th century, Edward Hopper was born on this day in 1882. 


Hopper’s vision of reality was a selective one and reflected the artist’s stoic and fatalistic temperament in the empty cityscapes, landscapes, and isolated figures he chose to paint.


Hopper paid particular attention to geometrical design and the careful placement of human figures in proper balance with their environment. He was a slow and methodical artist; as he wrote, “It takes a long time for an idea to strike. Then I have to think about it for a long time. I don’t start painting until I have it all worked out in my mind. I’m all right when I get to the easel”.