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The Unknown Hopper

by The Staff on June 5, 2014


Before he became recognized as a master American painter, Edward Hopper had a 20-year-long career as an illustrator. The Norman Rockwell Museum turns the spotlight on this early work with their new exhibit, The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator.

From 1906 through 1925, Hopper “earned his living by creating cover and story illustrations for American periodicals.” Much of this work survives, and the period will be richly represented in this show.

Pictured is Bulletin of the New York Edison Company (1906-07, Whitney Museum of American Art).

The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator opens Saturday (June 7) at the Norman Rockwell Museum (9 Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.) and will remain on view through Oct. 26. The opening night gala is sold out, but there will be special events throughout the run of the show; on July 24 (5:30 PM) there will be a program with Hopper biographer Gail Levin, and on Aug. 7 (at 5:30 PM) fashion historian Lynda Meyer will discuss the role of clothing in Hopper’s work. For more info, call (413) 298-4100 or visit nrm.org.