E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection Newsletter | April 2012

"Hoppé is the Leibovitz of the early 20th century"

El Mundo applauds "Hoppé Portraits"
exhibition at Mapfre in Madrid

E.O. Hoppé, Gina Palerme, 1915

E.O. Hoppé spent the first decade of his long photographic career pioneering the art of celebrity portraiture. Breaking with the formal stiffness of the Victorian studio, Hoppé's early twentieth century portraits depicted leading celebrities including writers such as George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, T.S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound, legendary dancers such as Vaslav Nijinsky and Margot Fonteyn, and royals of the Edwardian era in shocking new way: they looked natural.

So adept was he at the art of the celebrity photo-portrait that by 1920 Hoppé had become a household name in London, New York, and Berlin, where he had become as famous as his celebrated sitters. For the next twenty years Hoppé actively led the global art scene an on both sides of the Atlantic while also photographing around the globe, making over thirty photographically-illustrated books and establishing himself as a pioneering figure photographic art and photojournalism, set apart from his peers by his international reputation.

The exhibition Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio, and Street has now opened at Madrid's Fundación MAPFRE where it is on show until 20 May, 2012. Curated by Phillip Prodger of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, the exhibition originated at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Having anticipated the style of other celebrity photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, including such figures as Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, and Herb Ritts, the exhibition shows that we owe Hoppé a great debt as one of the originators of the art of depicting the celebrity.

Hoppé. El estudio y la calle (Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio, and Street) is on exhibit at Fundación MAPFRE through 20 May, 2012, and will travel to the Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia, from 9 June, to 29 July, 2012. For booking information contact Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions.

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