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The show’s curator Didier Ottinger told the Associated Press on Monday that Hopper was `’a lifelong Francophile” who first visited Paris in 1906. That was just after an important exhibition of the influential Fauvism movement known for its strong use of color.
The illuminating collection includes some 128 Hopper works _ such as lonely masterpieces “Gas,”“Hotel Room”and “Soir Bleu” _ alongside 35 comparative works from French artists who influenced him.
Hopper, who died in 1967, took two other trips to the French capital in 1909 and 1910, exploring its salons and grand museums, such as the Louvre.
Among the other artists featured in the exhibit is Edgar Degas, whose work, the exhibit catalog suggests, encouraged Hopper to incorporate dramatic angles into his own paintings. This technique later became one of his artistic signatures, such as in his most famous work “Nighthawks” from 1942, which resembles a still from a film noir.
The exhibit, which draws from collections in the United States, Spain and France, opens at Paris’ Grand Palais Wednesday and runs through January 28.
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