Edward Hopper is one of the painters you need to know.

His images of urban loneliness were countered by warm images of the coast, celebrations and critiques both of the American environment. Since the 1950s, Hopper's star has continually risen. He's, simply put, one of the most important American painters of all-time.

Tachen's new book, Hopper, celebrates the artist's life work over 96 richely illustrated pages. [Taschen]