Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is one of America's most famous artists (think of his painting of a New York diner scene, "Nighthawks"), but the works that he made in Vermont remain relatively unknown. Author Bonnie Tocher Clause tells the story of Hopper's summer sojourns in Vermont between 1927 and 1938 and describes her research in locating Hopper's Vermont works and the places where they were made. Her talk will be illustrated with slides of Hopper's Vermont watercolors and drawings along with photographs, old and new, of the sites in the paintings.
Bonnie Tocher Clause divides her time between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and South Royalton, a small town in central Vermont. Like Edward Hopper, she is a native New Yorker who found peace and beauty in Vermont's White River Valley. She is a writer and an independent scholar, and Edward Hopper in Vermont is her first book.
"Bonnie Clause has gathered Edward Hopper's summer pastorals painted in watercolor in Vermont's White River Valley during vacations with his artist wife Jo. Clause tracked down his locations, even those previously forgotten, with scholarly delight as she came to know Hopper's favorite part of our green state. If you love the gravity of Hopper's better-known oil paintings, you will find this book a lyrical counterpart to his somber scenes of city life." - Sabra Field, printmaker and author of In Sight
Jacket illustration: Edward Hopper, First Branch of the White River, Vermont, 1938. Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.