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Expand each section below to explore themes of Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time.
This exhibition, drawn primarily from the Whitney’s permanent collection, traces the development of American realism between 1900 and 1940, exploring the diverse ways that artists depicted the sweeping transformations in urban and rural life ushered in by the advent of modernity. Highlighted is the work of Edward Hopper (1882–1967), America’s most iconic realist painter of the early twentieth century. Born in Nyack, New York, Hopper spent his career creating haunting, light-infused paintings that transform the subject matter of modern American life into epic statements about the human condition. He was less concerned with recording the photographic truths of a site than with revealing psychological realities and conveying nuances of isolation and solitude.