Art Brokerage: Edward Hopper American Artist: B. 1882-1967 - Edward Hopper was born in in the small Hudson River town of Nyack, New York State, just outside Manhattan, on 22 July 1882. The young boy's talent for drawing showed itself early: by the time he was ten, he was signing and dating his small sketches. At the suggestion of his parents, young Edward took up illustration by way of being practical. Following graduation from high school, he enrolled at the Correspondence School of Illustrating in New York City. Eventually, Hopper was to earn his living for twenty years in the commercial field working in various media--charcoal, pencil, crayon, pen and ink, and watercolor--turning out a variety of posters, advertisements, and illustrations. His life, interestingly enough, can be compared with Winslow Homer's, That other intensely American artist who began his career working for Harper's Weekly and several illustrated periodicals of the nineteenth century. Hopper's career spanned a period of almost sixty years. His subject matter was the physical face of America in city, town, and countryside, and his avowed aim was to render it with the most exact transcription possible of his impressions. This he did with an uncompromising realistic technique and with a powerful handling of light that eerily promotes the underlying starkness of his artistic vision. Over and over again, we are struck by the sunlight reflected on the exteriors or interiors of buildings that attains an astonishing formal power through the wizardry of the artist's brush. Beyond this, in all Hopper's work, there is a fundamental reconciliation of the vastness, the remoteness, the mystery, and the poetry in the man-made chaos of the American environment.