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Struggling artist turned icon of the modern, urban experience, Edward Hopper is most famed for his haunting nocturnal diner scene Nighthawks. This book introduces his mastery of place, mood, and melancholy through vivid color juxtapositions; stark, theatrical lighting; as well as harshly contoured figures, at once part of, and alien to, their surroundings.
Hardcover8.3 x 10.2 in.1.37 lb96 pages



Lonely Arts

A distinct eye for alienation

Edward Hopper (1882–1967) is something of an American success story, if only his success had come swifter. At the age of 40, he was a failing artist who struggled to sell a single painting. As he approached 80, Time magazine featured him on its cover. Today, Hopper is considered a giant of modern expression, with an uncanny, unforgettable, and utterly distinct sense for mood and place.

Much of Hopper's work excavates modern city experience. In canvas after canvas, he depicts diners, cafes, shopfronts, street lights, gas stations, rail stations, and hotel rooms. The scenes are marked by vivid color juxtapositions and stark, theatrical lighting, as well as by harshly contoured figures, who appear at once part of, and alien to, their surroundings. The ambiance throughout his repertoire is of an eerie disquiet, alienation, loneliness and psychological tension, although his rural or coastal scenes can offer a counterpoint of tranquility or optimism.

This book presents major works from Hopper's œuvre to introduce a key player not only in American art history but also in the American psyche.
The author

Rolf G. Renner, born in 1945, earned his doctorate in 1976, and has taught at the universities of Göttingen and Munich (Germany), Charlottesville (Virginia), and Columbia (New York). Since 1988, he has served as professor at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Numerous of his articles have appeared in various magazines and journals.

Hardcover21 x 26 cm0.62 kg96 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-0032-6

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-0033-3

Edition: English
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Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
• a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
• a concise biography
• approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions



12 Ratings

An inexpensive book giving access to a great classic

Stephen,November 1, 2021
I like the fact this book is just the right size, not too big/thick, and gives a very good overview of Hopper's work.

Lost in Hopper's Paints

Nicola,October 28, 2021
Hopper doesn't need a review. Just look at his paints and get lost in his loneliness.

Nice read

Kim,October 28, 2021
Good way to get to know the work of Hopper.

Very nice

Laura,October 27, 2021
I love Hopper’s work and this book is absolutely lovely. Perfectly delivered and great quality as everything else from Taschen!


Ryan,October 27, 2021
I ordered the book on Hopper to help with college. In a creative field, inspiration is all around you and I found it in Hopper's work. This TASCHEN book displays the incredible artwork in high quality with lovely descriptions to further educate me on the genius of Hopper.