By Gerry Souter

Annotation In his works, Hopper poetically expressed the solitude of guy faced with the yankee lifestyle because it constructed within the Nineteen Twenties. encouraged through the flicks and especially via some of the digicam angles and attitudes of characters, his work reveal th

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In 1909, George Bellows, one of Henri’s anointed stars, chose the island, highlighting the Queensborough Bridge with the busy Manhattan waterfront in the foreground. In 1910, Julius Golz – another Henri favourite – won critical praise at the Independents’ Exhibition for his stab at Blackwell’s Island. Having moved from his studio among the hookers on 14th Street, Hopper had found space at 53 East 59th Street very near Robert Henri’s studio. Henri and two of his acolytes had found success with Blackwell’s Island and so, it appears, might Hopper.

One major problem confronted Hopper in this market-place. He was a very good illustrator. If he had wished to give up getting recognition as a fine artist, he might have eventually ranked with 23. Briar Neck, Gloucester, 1912. C. Wyeth. 6 cm. at prostituting his talent, he was still in demand as a top “B-list” commercial artist. 11 Very rarely Josephine N. Hopper Bequest. is anyone smiling. 45 24. Tramp Steamer, 1908. 1 cm. , gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn. 46 25. Tugboat with Black Smokestack, 1908.

28-29). Guy du Bois, Hopper’s friend from school, hung Gaité Montparnasse. Du Bois also became the mouthpiece for the group, using his media contacts to write articles and trumpet the group’s success. He became a particular champion for Hopper over the years in a maturing friendship. These young American painters, with Luks, Sloan, Glackens and Shinn at the core, had at last found wall space and were at least being noticed – if only to be ridiculed. They continued to follow Henri’s lead, seeking out gritty urban subject matter in New York and rendering it in the dark palette of colours favoured by Goya, Manet, Velázquez and Frans Hals.

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