The new book Edward Hopper in Vermont highlights the plein air watercolors created by the legendary American artist from 1927-1938.

Edward Hopper drawing in Paris ca. 1907

The University Press of New England (Lebanon, NH) just released a book on Edward Hopper’s (1882-1967) plein air watercolors of rural Vermont. The publication offers evidence of another side of an artist known for his iconic depictions of urban loneliness and isolation. During summer excursions between 1927 and 1938, Hopper recorded his singular interpretations of the Vermont landscape, watercolors and drawings of hillsides and meadows, roadside views, and scenes along the White River against the backdrop of the Green Mountains.

Edward Hopper in Vermont

One of Hopper’s plein air watercolors of Vermont

These little-known works, rarely published, are reproduced sequentially in Edward Hopper in Vermont, along with the stories of their creation and their subsequent acquisition by private collectors and museums. Author Bonnie Tocher Clause traces Edward and Jo Hopper’s automobile trips through Vermont as they searched for new places to paint. These journeys resulted first in a few paintings of barns and farm buildings, more typically Hopperesque, and later in a series of “pure” landscapes, unusual for Hopper in their lack of architectural form or other signs of human presence. They are also distinctive in the techniques and palette Hopper used to capture the particular colors and quality of light of the Vermont landscape. For more information, contact [email protected].


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