EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Hopper
An insightful critical appreciation of one of the towering figures of 20th century American art.
Edward Hopper created indelible portraits of early-to-mid-20th century American life. The Nighthawks is his best-known work and its popularity highlights the way this artist has become beloved by both critics and the general public. In their simplicity, each of Hopper’s works portray the struggles of daily life – snapshots of dramas that are imbued with warmth and compassion. They also capture a world that was becoming increasingly impersonal. Many of Hopper’s most acclaimed paintings feature characters in a state of loneliness.
An insightful critical appreciation of one of the towering figures of 20th-century American art, Edward Hopper. Phil Grabsky’s informative and entertaining film journeys through Hopper’s life and career, highlighting early struggles; the key role played by his wife Josephine Nivison as both model and fellow artist; and the development of a unique style and perspective. The film follows his progress from illustrator to acclaimed painter, and features interviews with critics and artists, as well as reflecting on his influence over the course of the late 20th and early 21st century.