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Description: EDWARD HOPPER
(1882-1967) American painter known for his stark and desolate cityscapes. Historically significant A.L.S. 1p. 4to., New York, Apr. 5, 1932, to Mr. Boswell of the National Academy of Design. Hopper writes from his studio on Washington Square, in part: "...I have decided that it would be better if I made no statement regarding my refusal to become an associate of the National Academy of Design...". Despite protests from the art world - which still considered Hopper's style too modern and the artist himself too inexperienced - Hopper was elected as an associate member to the National Academy of Design in March, 1932 after several attempts. Rather than embrace the post, Hopper haughtily declined the honor from the institution, doubtless still stinging from the rejections of the recent past. He took up the stand that the Academy was out of touch with modern art but, even more infuriatingly, Hopper refused to expand upon his decision to not enter the Academy, simply stating his resolution as evinced in our letter. Published on p. 242 of Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography by Gail Levin. Boldly penned, very good condition, set into an off-white mat with a portrait and ready to frame.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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