edward hopper One of the most celebrated realist artists of the twentieth century, Edward Hopper is shown here in his Greenwich Village studio. His portrait by New York City photographer Berenice Abbott was taken at the time of a major Hopper retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Having worked in relative obscurity as a young artist—he sold only one painting during the first twenty years of his career—Hopper enjoyed great popular and critical success during the second half of his artistic life. Although many American painters were embracing the tenets of Abstract Expressionism during the 1940s and 1950s, Hopper remained dedicated to the realist aesthetic.

Berenice Abbott (1898–1991)
Gelatin silver print, 1948
Variant published March 1950
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

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