Sara Ford Mrs. Church, 5th may 1st, 2011 The Artist A. Edward Hopper 1. Birthdate: Edward hopper was born July 22nd 1882 2. Place (be specific – city, country, home? etc. ): Born in upper Nyack, New York near the Hudson River. 3. Who was in power in their country at their birth/ during their life? How did the political and/ or social structure affect the life of this artist? Chester A. Arthur was in power when Edward Hopper was born, so his influence wasn’t really great. During Edward Hopper’s life frame World War two was going on, but he was in a medium class family. 4.
When and where did this artist die? Explain the circumstances that led to their death. He died May 15th 1967 and the cause of death is unknown. He died in his study in New York, New York. B. Family life and childhood 1. Describe his/ her childhood including siblings, significant and/ or interesting things about the family life of this artist: Edward Hopper had one sister, named Marion. He went to a public and a private school. His parents were Baptist, and he was raised that way. His household was dominated by women. He enjoyed the solitary pleasure of reading and drawing.
When he drew self-images, he presented himself as ungrateful and lonely. 2. What/ who inspired the artist? How did they become an artist? (Was it a family member or friend, another artist, a philosophy, etc.? ) When Edward was young, he showed talent and his mom encouraged him to embrace that talent. At an early age, he already showed interest in art. 3. How did the artist learn their craft? Edward learned his craft by starting at a young age. Since he lived in a medium class family, he had enough money to go to good schools and work on his art. 4. To what special school, movement, or period did this artist belong?
The movement that Edward belonged in was post– modern, because of his life frame. 5. What other art mediums did this artist use? Edward also used watercolor, etchings, and oil paintings. 6. How did being an artist effect his/ her life? What about their person life? At the beginning of Edward’s artist career, he’d been an illustrator for eleven years, he didn’t make any money for any of his paintings, once he got married to Jo, his career soared and he started living off the money from his paintings. 7. During the artist’s life, how was their work viewed and valued?
After this artist’s death, how was their work valued? How is it valued today? During Edward’s life, his work was viewed a lot more once he got married to Jo. After he died, a lot of people started seeing his work, and liking it. Today, his work has made a major impact. His paintings have been themes for episodes of shows, and many people know about him. The Artwork 1. What is the title of this work of art? It is titled “Night Hawks. ” 2. When and where was it created? Edward began to paint it immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor Sunday, December 7, 1941. 3. How long did it take to create?
The painting was finished in 1941, the exact date is unknown. 4. What is the significance of the name of the artwork? The term “night-hawk”, is used to describe someone who stays up late. In this picture it shows people out late at the diner, so they are being night hawks. 5. What did the artist wish to express with this creation? Is there a story? Edward’s art reflects of loneliness and isolation that fueled his personal life, despite his protests of not being lonely. In Nighthawks, he admitted that “unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city. ” 6.
Explain the artwork: The street is empty outside the diner, and inside no one is looking or talking to each other. Two are together, while the third is a man sitting alone, with his back to the viewer. The waiter is looking out the window. The corner of the diner is curved. The weather is probably warm outside because the girl is in a red dress. Both the men are wearing suits. 7. What do the critics say about the piece? Sister Wendyan art critic, said: “Apparently, there was a period when every college dormitory in the country had on its walls a poster of Hopper’s Nighthawks; it had become an icon. “Hopper stands with two other American artists, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, whose likewise monumental styles also trashed prevailing conventions of good painting and have proved to be deathless. ” Peter Schjedahl 8. What did the critics say about your artist? All the critics reviews that I looked at, called Edward lonely and isolated, because his painting portrayed a sense of being alone. 9. What is the size of the original piece of art? the sixe of the painting is 30 x 60 inches. 10. Where is the artwork located today? Who owns it? The original is located in the institute of Chicago.