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Status, price and estimation of the artist Edward Hopper

Price of a painting signed Hopper: 10,000 – 80,000,000€.

Estimate of a drawing or watercolour by the artist for auction: 4,000 – 3,000,000€.

Artist’s status for the sale of a print: 80 – 100,000€.

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The emergence of a leading artist of American realism

Edward Hopper was born on July 22, 1882 in Rockland County in the United States. He grew up in a family of modestly wealthy merchants. His move to New York City coincided with the turn of the century.

He began his training at the New York School of Art after receiving an apprenticeship in illustration.

Although his artistic recognition came late, he stands out as an eminent figure on the American realist scene of the 20th century. During his training, Hopper benefited from the teachings of the painter and professor Robert Henri on the representation of the urban environment. The latter influenced him both theoretically and aesthetically.

In order to complete his apprenticeship, Hopper travelled to Europe several times between 1906 and 1910, staying in Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium, destinations that allowed him to enrich his visual culture with the works of the great masters of the Dutch Golden Age, as well as the Impressionists.

Discovering Europe

He had a particular affinity with France, a country he represented extensively in his paintings. Moreover, the young artist made his first scenes in Paris.

Back in his homeland, Hopper abandoned painting for a while, reserving it only for the summer months. He devoted himself more specifically to depicting American landscapes, to the detriment of his scenes inspired by Parisian life.

After his return to the United States, Hopper moved to New York City, where he worked as an illustrator on a daily basis, a job he found unsatisfying. He established his studio in Greenwich Village in the 1930s.

As a keen observer of his time and of the evolution of American society, Hopper set about making himself the illustrious representative of both the rural and the urban world.

His attraction for architecture is reflected in sketches dating from the Parisian period.

His realistic approach takes meaning in the speed of execution of the figurative and the staging of atmospheres created through careful work with colour and light.

Hopper took great care in his framing, which was almost a photographic work for him. This is perhaps linked to his memories of photography, which he discovered in Paris with the photographer Eugène Atget.

His quiet scenes invite contemplation, and engage the spectator in an incessant return to the individual in his space and establish a palpable promiscuity.

Hopper’s late and enduring fame

Although the artist participated in group exhibitions in his early years, it was not until 1920 that his first solo exhibition was held at the Whitney Studio Club.

1933 was the year of his first retrospective at the New York City Museum of Modern Art, which acquired one of his most prestigious paintings, completed in 1925, representing an imposing, disturbing and nostalgic architecture.

Upon his death in 1967 his wife, the painter Josephine Verstille Nivison bequeathed his work to the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Recognising Edward Hopper’s signature

Like many artists, Edward Hopper did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of a signature in order to give you a first idea. Variations of this signature exist: do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to authenticate a signature in a formal way.

signature HOPPER

Appraising and selling a painting by Edward Hopper

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