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Edward Hopper: Painter of Light and Shadow Hardcover – 23 Jul 2007
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About the Author
Susan Goldman Rubin has written a number of books for young readers, including Andy Warhol: Pop-Art Painter; L'Chaim; Searching for Anne Frank; Margaret Bourke-White, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and named one of the New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age. She lives in California, USA.
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Edward Hopper showed his potential and talent at a very young age. He set the goal of becoming an artist when he was just a boy, and his mother encouraged his art projects and gave him art supplies and how to books. The book gives a concise history of Edward Hopper's early life, including his first drawings and early wanderings that inspired much of his work-and continues through his teenage and then grown-up life.
Edward Hopper struggled to garner the attention and respect of the art world. He worked by doing advertisements and illustrations for corporate ad campaigns while continuing to paint what he loved to paint. The story of Edward Hopper is a story of determination, hard work, and success. It is an inspiration to anyone looking to be a success at their chosen task.
This book takes this information and puts it in a highly readable and visually engaging story that can be easily read by young budding artists. It intersperses beautiful examples of Hopper's work throughout the story that can serve as a good read or an informative piece of research.
A book that balances readability, education, and beautiful visuals, Edward Hopper: Painter of Light and Shadow, is a great addition to any art lover's book collection, especially the beginning collection of a young art lover.
Armchair Interviews says: This would be a wonderful gift book.
This clearly written biography is very informative, and the presentation is very appealing. It describes Hopper's eagerness to draw "even as a tiny lad", an activity encouraged by his mother who gave him various art supplies and introduced him to fine art and notes his pleasure in reading about American History, an interest fostered by his father. He drew pictures of animals, boats, and soldiers, and early on began to sign his creations. When he finished High School, he knew he wanted to be an artist but his concerned parents urged him to attend art school where he could learn how to be a commercial artist; in fact this skill often generated his only source of income when his own artwork did not sell. He traveled abroad but also spent time in New York and the more rural Gloucester, Massachusetts. The nice reproductions of paintings both by him and others reveal his interest in different art styles and mediums. He married late another artist, and together they painted; however, it was his art that became famous and sold even during the Great Depression. End pages include an author's note, further information about his wife and friends who were artists, references and extensive picture credits and source notes and even a list of museums that exhibit Edward Hopper's work. Children will have the opportunity to learn about some of the ordinary as well as extraordinary events of his life, and view some of his work in a very appealing package. The design of the book is artistic: the hued pages frame large font and profile nicely the various reproductions. Children, 4th grade and up, who want to learn about an American artist will find this book enjoyable and easy to read.