EDWARD HOPPER IN THE 21st CENTURY
An exhibit of early works by American artist Edward Hopper will be held at www.thurstonroyce.com beginning August 5th and ending October 15th. This is the first virtual exhibit of his work, and collectors will now be able to view and purchase studies, sketches and illustrations dating back to 1900.
These drawings have been in private collections since Hopper's death in 1967.
Edward Hopper was born on July 22,1882 in Nyack, New York, a Hudson River town just outside Manhattan. By the time he was 10 years old, he was signing and dating small sketches, and upon graduation from high school, he enrolled at the New York School of Illustrating in New York City. The following year, he enrolled at the Chase School, working under Robert Henri, one of the fathers of American realism.
Eventually, Hopper earned his living in the commercial field, working in various media, including pen and ink, pencil, crayon and charcoal illustrations and advertisements. He sold his first painting in 1923 at the age of 41, and his talent as a painter was not apparent until the 1930's. In 1942, he completed "Nighthawks", which is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. "Nighthawks" is recognized by many for its focus on "desolate figures at a lunch counter in the tough, brighly lit oasis of an all-night diner".
Upon his death in 1967, he bequeated more than 2500 of his works to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City (current estimated value of $10 billion dollars). In November 2006, actor Steve Martin sold Hopper's painting entitled "Hotel Window" at Sotheby's in New York City for more than $26 million dollars.
www.thurstonroyce.com is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The gallery is virtual, but the artwork is real. All drawings come with a certificate of authenticity, and a commentary prepared by the curator for the show. For further information, please contact:
Bruce C. Loch, Director
Thurston Royce Gallery of Fine Art, Ltd.
4905 Tilghman Street, Suite 100
Allentown, Pa. 18104