The 1950 retrospective exhibition of Edward Hopper's art - the man who painted America

While most of the artists crave for social status, fame, waves of fans and expansive media coverage, Edward Hopper prefered to spend his time away from all this glitter, at his New York apartment or at the Cape Cod home where he would spend his time reading, painting and taking long walks. He would even turn down appearances and awards. 

1942. Nighthawks

This attitude kept him out of the high life social circles and prevented him to gain the recognition he deserves. His realist paintings show the real life of America, from streets to cafes, from factories to offices and from city life to countryside. 

1913. Corner Saloon on the West Side of New York

He started studying art when he was 17, his style being molded by the leader of the Aschan Shcool - Robert Henri. His reclusive personality prevented him to gain recognition untill the 1927 personal exposition. During the 30s and 40s he gain some mainstream fame only to take a break during and after world war two. 

7 a.m. near Cape Cod. 1948

In the first part of 1950, Hopper, now 67 and struggling with health problems, returned to the public and social life with a retrospective exhibition held at Whitney Museum in New York, followed by a showcase at the Boston Museum of Fine arts.

Manhattan Bridge Loop. 1928

Office at night - 1940 (left) | Chop Suey - 1929 (right)

Edward Hopper passed away on May 15, 1967 at his New York Studio, near Washington Square. He was 84.

photo by Arnold Newman for LIFE

Nowadays his art is being rediscovered and he gets his diserved spot in the pantheon of american artists. His painting - "Chop Suey" was sold at a Christies auction for 91.9 million dollars