Modern Life

Edward Hopper and His Time - Second Edition

Edited by Ortrud Westheider and Michael Philipp

Modern Life

Edited by Ortrud Westheider and Michael Philipp

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

240 pages | 143 color plates, 93 halftones | 9 x 11 | © 2009
Cloth $49.95 ISBN: 9783777434018 Published February 2011 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only

One of the foremost chroniclers of pre–World War II American urbanism, painter and printmaker Edward Hopper depicted hauntingly isolated figures in diners, railroad cars, and rented rooms at the beginning of the twentieth century. A lifelong New Yorker, Hopper took the loneliness of big city life as one of his most persistent themes, and his often dark and remarkably realistic works have come to symbolize the melancholy of modern life.

This new and sumptuously illustrated volume reproduces six of Hopper’s major works, together with selections from more than thirty other well-known artists of the time, including Man Ray, German-American expressionist Lyonel Feininger, photographer and precisionist painter Charles Sheeler, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Together, these works—all owned by New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art—illustrate the rapid development of cities, a central theme in American art prior to World War II.

Powerful and sometimes nostalgic, the works of Hopper and his contemporaries portray an earlier “modern” America—yet one whose sense of isolation, estrangement, and vulnerability resonates equally well with today’s increasingly fast-paced society. Modern Life is a beautiful and informative book and a fine introduction to this important group of twentieth-century artists.

      Ortrud Westheider and Emily Ansenk
Urban Visions: The Ashcan School and Edward Hopper
      Rebecca Zurier
The Thrill of the City: Urban Experience and Avant-Garde Art
      Susanne Scharf
An American in Munich and Berlin: Marsden Hartley and the Blaue Reiter
      Ortrud Westheider
Edward Hopper: Between Realism and Abstraction
      Barbara Haskell
National Identities: The Synthesis of the Urban and the Rural in the Work of Charles Sheeler
      Bernhard Schulz
Crashing the Gate: The Whitney Museum’s Advocacy of Modern American Art
      Sasha Nicholas
Catalogue (with texts by the Whitney Museum, Michael Philipp, Susanne Scharf and Ortrud Westheider)
      Modern Life
      Experiment and Abstraction
      Edward Hopper: Melancholy in Modernism
      American Scenes
      The Machine Age: A New Classicism
      Watercolors, Drawings, and Prints

Chronological Table: American History and Culture 1900–1950
      Susanne Scharf
Artists’ Biographies
      Michael Philipp
Selected Bibliography
Photo Credits
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