Sunday, 28 February 2021

an american in paris

Though having found an escape and outlet from his detested job as an illustrator at an advertising agency and despite unending praise for Rembrandt and his Night Watch in particular, we learn—via Mess Nessy Chic—that Edward Hopper (previously) basically disavowed the scene and his experiences in the French capital over the course of several years and in four sojourns as not influential, perhaps in the context that the trend in US art at the time was nationalistic and patriotic and foreign interlopers were frowned upon. Yet these watercolours ranging from 1906 to 1910 of various landmarks and landscapes, seldom on display or exhibited as a collection, are pretty stunning and belie the tenor and veracity of his response to critics.