Edward Hopper (1882–1967) is widely acknowledged as one of America’s most important painters. A large selection of his world-famous works, usually only on view in the US, will be presented at the Fondation Beyeler. The more than 60 paintings and watercolors on loan from museums and private collections feature iconic masterpieces as well as magnificent surprises. This will be the first time an exhibition focuses on Hopper’s fascinating landscapes, in which he explored the relation between man and nature. While natural landscapes found themselves increasingly encroached upon by the traces of modern civilization, new types of landscapes were coming into existence in cities. Hopper’s favorite motifs include lighthouses, beach houses and sailboats, as well as streets, gas stations, barns and railroads.
In his compositions, Hopper provided a new perspective on landscape and on the world. Subtle color effects and the dramatic play of light and shadow turn his representations of America’s wide expanses, Eastern coastline and urban landscapes into a true visual experience. With unparalleled mastery, the artist portrays the environment’s influence on people’s inner life. Hopper is rightly acknowledged as modern life’s great painter. To this day, his works reverberate in art, literature and film.