As I’m finishing my Christmas shopping, buying books, as I usually do, for friends and family, I want to remind you that Edward Hopper in Vermont (UPNE 2012) makes a great gift for anyone who loves Hopper — and/or Vermont, New England, art history, Depression-era social history, watercolors, landscape painting, stories about art sales and collectors — or who simply enjoys a good read, a new take on this famous and popular American artist.
The Boston Globe dubbed my book “a fascinating inquiry into the taciturn Republican who gazed beyond the covered bridges and white church steeples to find the Vermont that spoke to him.” Go to my Press and Reviews tab to read more. There’s still just enough time to get Edward Hopper in Vermont in time for Christmas. It’s available from your favorite indie bookseller — by order if they don’t have it in stock — or from any of the online vendors.
Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year — and Happy Reading!
Often overlooked in light of his contemplative urban scenes and bold architectural and Cape Cod views, the 1930s Vermont landscapes painted by American artist Edward Hopper represent a significant segment of his regional work, infused with a distinctive sense of place.
A new book by independent scholar Bonnie Tocher Clause delves deep into Hopper’s experience in the Green Mountain State with his wife, Jo, who was also an artist.
Clause tells the story of the Hoppers’ getaways to Vermont where they stayed on the Slater farm in South Royalton, enjoying farm life and painting en plein air.
The author’s research led her to find the sites depicted in Hopper’s Vermont paintings. “Edward Hopper in Vermont” also reveals two watercolors not previously recognized as Vermont scenes and details the development of Hopper’s singular style.
Some two dozen paintings and watercolors identified as Vermont scenes are shown in full color in this engaging look at Hopper’s artistic sojourns in his beloved White River Valley.
Edward Hopper in Vermont
by Bonnie Tocher Clause
University Press of New England
Oct. 2012 • 224 pp. 47 illus. (21 color)