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Nighthawks


Edward Hopper
Nighthawks
Nighthawks. 1942 Oil on canvas Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois "Nighthawks" is the most famous painting of Edward Hopper. We see a bar, where two men and a lady are sitting around a counter with coffee mugs in front of them. It is night. The street and the neighboring houses are lit up by the light of the bar. As observers we are standing outside and watching through the window. It is known that Hopper was a cinema lover. This painting looks like a film frame. Unfortunately, we will never understand what it was before this scene and what afterwards. The feelings that it awakens in us may be different. Some of us may think of drama, others of horror film or a criminal story. The truth is that Hopper started with the painting after the attack on Pearl Harbor, which caused feeling of gloominess among the Americans.
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Edward Hopper

Nighthawks are one of the most famous paintings by Edward Hopper. This American painter of the 20th century created quite a few painting masterpieces in his times which include Automat, Early Sunday Morning, and Office at Night and Chop Suey among others. Nighthawks, which Hopper painted in 1942 was created after the Pearl Harbour incidence. Although different minds would interpret the painting differently, most Americans relate it to melancholy.

The painting

This great piece of work by Edward Hopper is indeed his most impressive creation. The picture shows a diner in a late night setting. There are 2 men and a lady sitting across the counter while another man is at the counter of the diner. This picture is also said to be an inspiration from an actual diner in the New York City. The people in the painting are lost in thoughts of their own. They certainly don’t seem to be happy as the air is shown to be pensive. These are the Nighthawks as the scene is set pretty late in the night. The nearby buildings are getting reflections of light from the diner and the street also looks beautiful with the array of lights coming from the diner.

Conclusion

Edward Hopper gifted American art with many magnificent pieces. Nighthawks is a beautiful depiction of a night scene at a diner where people find solace in each other’s company even while not interacting with each other. The beauty and serenity of the night are beautifully captured in this classic painting.

Edward Hopper was wonderful with watercolors although he realized this expertise of his in the late years of his career and that too due to his life partner. The uniqueness of his style were brought about by the fact that the painting was done spontaneously by the painter.

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