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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Little Sunlight streaming up the side of the dwellings, the houses being seemingly the only sign of humanity within the vicinity, all hush and desolate, bestowing a haunting loneliness depicted in many of Hopper’s paintings.

Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967), stands out as one of different realist painters of the twentieth century. Born in Nyack, New York, Hopper grew in a conservative middle-class family. His childhood was not seemingly lacking, as his parent provided him with all he needed, for him to indulge, culture, and evolve his natural-painting skill.

By the time Hopper was a teenager, his prowess had grown to that he could now use charcoal, pen-and-ink, oil, and watercolor with ease. It was after his High School Graduation that Hopper declared his intention to peruse an Art Career.

Soon after Hopper joined the New York School of Art and Design (1900-1906), where he studied with the likes of William Merritt Chase, as well as, Robert Henri, marking the beginning of his life long career in Art. Hopper identified himself as an amalgam of many races, and not a member of any school.

His unique realist painting style passed the test of time, for European Modernism did not affect his realist painting style. Hopper expressed his inner life and personal vision of the American scene and is prominent for depicting crystal clear white light that is a highlight in most of his famous paintings.

The light has not used a medium to highlight a situation, but rather the light is the situation, and conclusively, is an entity that expresses emotions beyond words, similar to how a human's face express feelings. Edward Hopper, a man of few words, knew what he wanted and why.

Nonetheless, through his career hopper and his wife, Jo, who is also an artist occupied the same modest flat in Manhattan’s Washington Square.

After many travels, and trying new locations, of which he detested the contrast of light and shadow, for his inspiration in painting, the Hoppers finally settled at Truro Cape Cod, where blond light, treeless dunes, and pale shadows, captured and also held those interest for the rest of his life. Legend has it that, Corn Hill received the name from Mayflower pilgrims, of whom in 1620, got a huge supply of an Indian corn which saved them from starving.