Press and Reviews

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by Nancy Price Graff
In This State is a syndicated weekly column about Vermont’s innovators, people, ideas and places. Online at VTDigger.

“Several years ago at the Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge, Bonnie Tocher Clause was standing beside the collection of prints she had assembled of Edward Hopper’s Vermont watercolor paintings when someone said, “These are nice paintings. Did you do them?
“That was the tipping point for Clause. She sent off a proposal to the University Press of New England for a book that would bring the little-known Vermont paintings of Hopper, one of the most revered of all American artists, to a much wider audience. This spring her book, “Edward Hopper in Vermont,” was published, and the Middlebury College Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit of Hopper’s Vermont work through mid August. [More...]
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VERMONT HISTORY:  The Journal of the Vermont Historical Society
Volume 81, No. 1    Winter / Spring 2013
Book Review, Bonnie Tocher Clause, Edward Hopper in Vermont

“Independent scholar and part-time Vermont resident Bonnie Tocher Clause has added a useful and impressive study…with her new book, Edward Hopper in Vermont. …
      “Clause paints a wonderfully meticulous and intimate portrait of Hopper’s working process — driving on the hunt for the perfect vista, sketching, then choosing among sketches and finally, committing to paint. …
     “The inset color illustrations, high-quality paper, and many black-and-white photographs spread throughout all contribute to a handsome book. …
     “By the end of this book we feel that we know the cast well — the taciturn Hopper, his scrappy and unsatisfied wife Jo, the Slater family, and those who sold, bought, exhibited, and/or donated the artist’s Vermont pictures. In sum, Edward Hopper in Vermont is a fine addition to literature on both a much-loved artist, and a much-loved state.”
Amy B. Werbel, Professor of Art History and American studies at Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT. [2013: Associate Professor, History of Art Department, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, New York, NY.]
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CHOICE recommends Edward Hopper in Vermont
“Clause’s discovery of Hopper and Vermont adds a new dimension to the life and oeuvre of Edward Hopper. His fans will enjoy this insightful biography. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.”
CHOICE, June 2013

Reprinted with permission from CHOICE, copyright by the American Library Association.

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Edward Hopper in Vermont designated as a
New England Society Book Awards Finalist
in Art & Photography

The jury for the New England Society Book Awards designated Edward Hopper in Vermont as a finalist in the Art & Photography category. The NES is one of the oldest social and charitable organizations in the United States, founded in 1805 to promote “friendship, charity and mutual assistance” among and behalf of New Englanders living in New York City. The NES Book Awards “recognize books of merit that honor New England and its culture.”
I am delighted with the New England Society’s recognition of the book and of Edward Hopper’s association with Vermont. The NES — based in New York City, as was Hopper — also looked toward the Green Mountain State during the late 1920s. As reported in the history section of the society’s web site, the NES provided “funds for relief in the wake of the severe Vermont floods of 1927.”  This disastrous event occurred just after Hopper’s first visit to Vermont, and undoubtedly it also caught his sympathetic attention.  A further connection between Hopper and the New England Society is through Ralph Waldo Emerson, who delivered his last public address at the Society’s Annual Dinner in 1870.  Hopper was an avid  reader and admirer of Emerson, and thus he would be pleased and honored that he might now claim a mutual association with the NES — albeit long posthumously — through his drawings and watercolors of Vermont, as reproduced in my book.See the NES web site for press releases about the 2013 Book Award winners and the shortlisted titles, including Edward Hopper in Vermont.  Congratulations to all!
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Vermont Public Radio15 February 2013
Commentary Series / Slayton: Hopper in Vermont
(Host) For at least a century, Vermont has been a quiet retreat for artists, both visual and otherwise. A recent book examined the visits that the great American artist Edward Hopper made to Vermont. Commentator and Vermont Life editor emeritus Tom Slayton has this review.
(Slayton)  Bonnie Tocher Clause’s recent book, Edward Hopper in Vermont, explores a side of the famous American artist that is unfamiliar, even to his admirers: the paintings and sketches he did while vacationing in Vermont.  Listen to the audio or read the transcript online….

 

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WAMC / Northeast Public Radio – 28 November 2012
The Roundtable / “Edward Hopper in Vermont”
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The Boston Globe / Books – 17 November 2012
News about New England books and authors
by Jan Gardner
Hopper in Vermont’s great outdoors
Edward Hopper may be best known for his haunting paintings of urban scenes but he liked to get out of the city in summer, and he never stopped working. Until now, the watercolors he produced in the Green Mountain State have been largely overlooked. “Edward Hopper in Vermont” (University Press of New England) is 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. [More…]

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Burlington Free Press – 17 November 2012
Hunting for Edward Hopper in Vermont
South Royalton Woman highlights famous painter’s Vermont connections
by Brent Hallenbeck

Bonnie Tocher Clause stands on Three Mile Bridge, which crosses the Winooski River a couple miles north of Montpelier. Edward Hopper captured this Vermont bridge in his painting, ‘Country Bridge.’ Clause wrote the book ‘Edward Hopper in Vermont,’ which explores the iconic painter’s time in the Green Mountain state.
MADDIE MCGARVEY/FREE PRESS
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Vermont Public Radio – 14 November 2012
VPR News / Vermont Edition/ Jane Lindholm, Host
In the famous painting “Nighthawks,” three people sit in a diner, hands resting on the counter, as light spills out onto the sidewalk of the dark and desolate city. The artist, Edward Hopper, became known for this kind of scene-lonely, urban, architectural. Some of his other famous works depict women alone in hotel rooms.
          Hopper also had a thing for wilder landscapes. In her new book, “Edward Hopper in Vermont,” South Royalton author Bonnie Tocher Clause explains the connection between the painter and the Green Mountain State.

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ArtDaily Newsletter
– 13 November 2012
Edward Hopper’s Vermont watercolors featured in new book

White River, Royalton, Vermont. Photo by Bonnie Tocher Clause, August 2012.
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The Barre Montpelier TIMES ARGUS
Vermont Sunday Magazine – 11 November 2012
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BURLINGTON, Vt. – 21 October 212
Edward Hopper in Vermont: Interview
Mike McCune spoke with South Royalton author Bonnie Tocher Clause about her new book, “Edward Hopper in Vermont.
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Seven Days: Vermont’s Independent Voice
24 October 2012 – by Kevin J. Kelly
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26 September 2012 – by ArtfixDaily Staff
Cover of "Edward Hopper in Vermont" by Bonnie Tocher Clause.

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Cover of “Edward Hopper in Vermont” by Bonnie Tocher Clause.

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)

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