This beautifully illustrated volume charts the relationship between Hopper and his beloved Maine; its lighthouses, harbours and coastlines. Over 100 paintings, watercolours and drawings showcase the range of Hopper’s work: from his careful compositions of the landscape and homes of Maine to the plein-air paintings he created during his time on the tiny Monhegan island.
A series of insightful essays accompanies the images, drawing on the expertise of a diverse range of writers including Carter Foster, Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and Steve Martin, the well-known actor and art collector. The different backgrounds of the authors offer a new appreciation for Hopper’s work and add a personal hue to the book.
Many of the works in this volume are brought together here for the first time and are reconsidered in a new light. Time is dedicated to Hopper’s Maine in Fog, previously considered an unfinished painting, and there is much discussion around his iconic lighthouse pictures. A triumphant celebration of one of America’s best-loved artists.