7 thoughts on “Contact Bonnie Clause

  1. Since I have been praising Edward Hopper in Vermont to others, I thought it was about time I passed along my thoughts to you, the author. Needless to say I really enjoyed it…I learned so much about Hopper in the context of his visits to Vermont that I never knew. Your connection of Hopper’s “Valley of the Seine” to Homer Dodge Martin’s painting “View on the Seine” is particularly noteworthy…and comparing Hopper to the Hudson River School is not usually done; I thought that was very interesting. Your chapter on provenance was well researched and very helpful. I could go on, but the main thing I want to say is that you have made an invaluable contribution to the Edward Hopper archives. Thank you.

    • Lee, I really appreciate your comments; very nice to read them at the start of this New Year! It means a lot to me that you–with your encylopedic knowledge of all things Hopper!–find value in my book. I’m particularly pleased that you noted and were interested in the comparisons to the work of Homer Dodge Martin. Thank you so much for writing, and I hope our paths will cross at the Hopper House in Nyack at some point in 2013!

  2. Ms. Clause:

    Wonderful writing — solid research and fine interpretation of Edward Hopper’s Vermont life. That was neglected given the emphasis on his NYC and Cape Cod existence. Your book adds to Hopper scholarship, especially what drove him as a human being. His art reflects that inner self, and now we can see him in Vermont.

    — Art Gunther, Edw. Hopper House trustee (Nyack, N.Y.), artist/photographer/writer, retired newspaperman.

    • Your comments are especially gratifying to me, given your background and knowledge of Edward Hopper. Thanks very much for writing, and I hope to see you at the Hopper House some time this spring.

    • Kathleen, I am complimented to be asked to write about your artwork, but it’s not the kind of writing that I do — or even feel competent to do! My writing about Edward Hopper followed on my first being entranced with his paintings, yes, but it stemmed primarily from my finding an area of his personal and professional history that had not been thoroughly explored. I hope that one of the offshoots of my book will be that artists — especially watercolorists, like yourself — will find interest and inspiration in Hopper’s Vermont works, and that some of them will write about them from an artist’s perspective. So I’ll turn the tables on you: Perhaps you might write something about Hopper?

  3. I have long loved Hopper’s works. One, of a woman standing indoors, it seems by an elevator, in one of those dead areas with stifling air, sums up all the wasted time in a life, and positively makes one yearn for the outdoors. Your book, among many benefits to me, got me thinking of my mother’s several oil paintings of Vermont in a new way, likewise liberating from NYC. I thought your contrasts to other painters of Vermont, and to the WPA painters, illuminating. Thank you.

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