Ottinger acknowledges that the appeal of Hopper's work isn't immediately obvious in a country which has tended to be snooty about American realist art. Abstract work by the likes of Mark Rothko or Jackson Pollock, whose roots go back to French avant-garde artists like Marcel Duchamp and Georges Braque, has tended to be more highly regarded. Hopper "doesn't belong to the small group of artists well known by the general public, like Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin or Frida Kahlo, " said Mr. Ottinger at his office, opposite the Centre Pompidou.
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Moreover, "only one or two of his paintings are well known, like 'Nighthawks' or 'House by the Railroad,' " Mr. Ottinger notes, "and yet we have a blockbuster show on our hands. The curator attributes Hopper's appeal today to several factors, including the universality of American culture.
Indeed, one of the Paris show's strengths is demonstrating the different traditions Hopper's later work drew on. After spending time in Paris in the early s, where he was heavily influenced by French Impressionist painters, Hopper later became an accomplished a commercial illustrator.
A small selection of monochrome engravings reveals another side of his abilities, presaging images you might find in postwar comics and graphic novels, the latter famously popular in France. Ottinger says that Hopper also has a particular resonance in France given its "frustrated" but enduring love affair with American culture.
Stock Image. Shortly after the Armory Show, Hopper moved to Greenwich Village , where he lived for the rest of his life. Being a freelancer, Hopper was forced to solicit for projects, and had to knock on the doors of magazine and agency offices to find business. Pages Hopper was a good student in grade school and showed talent in drawing at age five. In , the Fondation de l'Hermitage museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, held an exhibition that covered Hopper's entire career, with works drawn largely from the Whitney Museum in New York City. Retrieved December 20,
It's perhaps no coincidence that aging French rock 'n' roll star Johnny Hallyday has a song titled "Un tableau de Hopper" on his latest album. Ottinger said. All Rights Reserved. Dow Jones, a News Corp company.
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