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Edward Hopper, 'Automat'
In works such as the 1927 "Automat," Edward Hopper painted ordinary people -- shopgirls, maids, clerks, or solitary pedestrians.

The outsider

As if from afar, Edward Hopper looks into the American soul

By Ken Johnson
Globe Staff / May 4, 2007

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Edward Hopper was not a great painter. He wielded his brushes with a heavy hand, his colors range from muddy to sour, his human figures are laughably clumsy. Trained as an illustrator, he knew how to exaggerate contrasts of light and shadow to good effect, and he had solid compositional instincts, but he was not an innovative formalist. He was ... (Full article: 1191 words)

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