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Edward Hopper exprime avec poésie l. a. solitude de l’homme face à cet american lifestyle qui se développe dans les années 1920. S’inspirant du cinéma par les prises de vue ou les attitudes des personnages, ses peintures reflètent et dénoncent l’aliénation de l. a. tradition de masse. Avec ses toiles aux couleurs froides, peuplées de personnages anonymes, l’œuvre d’Hopper symbolise aussi le reflet de los angeles Grande Dépression. A travers des reproductions variées (gravures, aquarelles, huiles sur toile), l’auteur, par une examine tant artistique que thématique, nous apporte un éclairage nouveau sur l’univers énigmatique et torturé de ce peintre majeur.

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Being invited to teach with this skilled selection of print makers could have been the results of campaigning by means of his pals Bellows and Sloan, considering the fact that Hopper used to be rarely a well-liked identify as an etching artist. He submitted 3 small prints, and his different dependable buddy, man du Bois, released one, Les Poilus, in Arts and ornament journal, March 1917. Seeing print-making establishing up as one other attainable marketplace for his paintings, Hopper felt cozy adequate to sublet his studio and use a few of his “pot-boiling” funds to spend one other summer season in Monhegan. Traipsing alongside the wind-swept beaches and boat-crowded bays, he once more exchanged pleasantries with the little red-headed woman, Josephine Nivison. different friendships kindled integrated the painter Rockwell Kent and print fanatic Carl Zigrosser, on the time an worker of Frederick Keppel and Co. , the place the yankee Painter-Gravers exhibit have been held that spring. Zigrosser went directly to develop into the Director of latest York’s Weyhe Gallery from 1919 to 1940 and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Curator of Prints from 1940 till 1963. He used to be a passionate collector of prints and a prolific author at the topic. Rockwell Kent have been inspired to go to Monhegan through Robert Henri, whom he knew from the recent York university. Hopper used to be a similar age as Kent and so they should have regarded their shared curiosity within the sea and the undying power of nature. additionally like Hopper, Rockwell Kent used to be a loner and kept away from connections with the Post-Impressionists and the starting to be summary expressionist stream. His lithographs remained within the Realist camp, in the direction of Hogarth and Constable than Monet or Cézanne. A fellow illustrator, Kent had a large following of consumers, and this ended in a really accepting viewers for his prints within the Twenties. Hopper may have noticeable his personal destiny in Kent’s luck as a printmaker. within the spring of 1918, the Chicago Society of Etchers known as soliciting for a submission for an express on the paintings Institute of Chicago; Hopper despatched alongside his lately released Les Poilus (p. 57). Catering to American audience, he replaced the identify to someplace in France. in the meantime, he and the MacDowell membership crowd hung a express of drawings, watercolours, and pastels. Hopper’s prolific reveal of 8 items incorporated someplace in France, the El teach, The Open Window, and The Bull struggle – a spectacle that had sickened him while he visited Spain. He selected to painting the least heroic element of the struggle the place the blindfolded horse with a picador atop is gored via the bull whereas the lance is pushed into the bull’s shoulder. man du Bois, in a write up of the convey for humanities and night Wind, 1921. Etching, 33. 7 x forty. 6 cm. British Museum, London. Donated through Campbell Dodgson. fifty nine BO Hopper FRE P-OK(P-6) 24 Nov 2011. qxp 30/11/2011 10:37 AM web page 60 ornament journal, interestingly reviews on Hopper’s “decorative dealing with” of the topic and ignores his uncharacteristic portrayal of the suffering of the gored horse, that cries out alongside the composition’s horizontal linear arc.

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