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by Sam Juliano

If anyone was destined to paint the illustrations for a picture book biography of the iconic 20th Century realist Edward Hopper, there could be no better match than Wendell Minor.  Both Hopper and Minor throughout their careers have reveled in acute Americana: Hopper drew on on sea and rural landscapes and traditional locations, while Minor has devoted his career toward capturing the great outdoors, endangered species and venerated American figures.  Surely if Hopper, who passed away on May 15, 1967 at the age of 85, were alive today, he’d surely commission Minor to document his life through his art.  Similarly, Minor and his collaborator on the magnificent Edward Hopper Paints His World, Robert Burleigh, are also a match made in picture book heaven.  They have previously taken on everybody’s favorite American, Abe Lincoln,  the celebrated transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, and famed ornithologist John James Audubon.  Minor of course, has also worked famously with renowned author David McCollough (John Adams) the astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the late Jean Craighead George, one of the most adored of children’s authors. (more…)

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