A different side of Edward Hopper in Paris

Posted October 12th, 2012 under Featured, Shows, USA

Edward Hopper
A major retrospective of Edward Hopper opening in Paris overturns some of the cliches about the 20th-century artist, uncovering the French and broader European influences that lie behind his label as the consummate “American” scene-painter,” reports Reuters.

“The show, which runs from October 10 to January 28 at the Grand Palais, is devoted in part to familiar works such as 1942′s “Nighthawks” or 1940′s “Gas”, scenes of urban and rural loneliness which show a dystopian view of mid-20th century America.

But the first half focuses on his formative years and his three visits to the French capital — 1906, 1909 and 1910 — when he painted scenes of Paris and drew inspiration from artists such as Edgar Degas, Albert Marquet and Walter Sickert, or even Dutch painter Rembrandt.

Juxtaposing Hopper’s work with paintings such as “A Cotton Office in New Orleans” by Degas in 1873, the exhibition highlights themes such as the world of business that would later be woven into his American vision.

Meanwhile, little-known works such as his 1909 “Louvre in a Thunderstorm,” or “Stairway at 48, Rue de Lille, Paris” from 1906, show a new cosmopolitan side to the artist, and early signs of his obsession with architecture and small urban detail.

“There’s a big gap in the apparent knowledge of what Hopper’s painting is, the one which has been reproduced everywhere in posters, on the covers of novels and so on,” said exhibition curator Didier Ottinger.

“In fact his work is much richer, much more complex than that,” he said.

More at Reuters and The Grand Palais.

Edward Hopper, le vernissage von Rmn-Grand_Palais