|PAINTER (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 22 Jul 1882, Nyack, New York - DIED 15 May 1967, New York City, New York|
GRAVE LOCATION Nyack, New York: Oak Hill Cemetery, 140 North Highland Avenue
Edward Hopper came from a middle class family. From an early age he showed talent in drawing. He studied at the New York Institute of Art and Design for six years and William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri were among his teachers there.
In 1905 he started working for an advertising agency and he made covers for magazines. He travelled to Europe three times and there he was impressed by Rembrandt. He hardly noticed Picasso. After these trips he rented a studio in New York City. In 1913 he sold his first painting. It took another ten years before his work met with success. In 1923 he met the artist Josephine Nivision and they married in 1924. Although he was shy and she wasn´t and he was quiet and introspective and she wasn´t, she adapted her lifestyle to match his and she became his manager, model and companion.
During the depression of the thirties his star was rising and major museums showed his paintings. He was very productive until the mid forties. After a period of relative inactivity and despite failing health he produced more important works during the 1950s and the 1960s. He died in his studio near Washington Square, New York City. His wife Jo died ten months after him and left their large art collection to the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Wife: Nivision, Josephine Verstille (1924-1967)
Schilderkunst van A tot Z, REBO, Lisse, 1990