American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) decided to become an artist at a young age. He was just 18 when he began to study commercial illustration, but he ultimately moved to painting studying under William Merritt Chase in New York. His career and his work were influenced by his tumultuous relationship with his wife Jo, who insisted on serving as his only female model. His renown grew from the Depression through the 1950s, but Hopper felt alienated by the advent of Abstract Expressionism which he did not care for. His works were somewhat ignored during the last decade of his life, and only posthumously has his great influence on modern art been fully realized.
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