ART HISTORY - Edward Hopper - Nighthawks - 1942

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n 1942 the American painter Edward Hopper completed this painting “Nighthawks”.

We see four people in a diner, while we are looking from outside in. It appears to be late in the evening, and the diner seems to be a beacon of light in a lonely desolate world.

Hopper said that this painting was inspired by “a restaurant on New York’s Greenwich Avenue where two streets meet”. The image however, has a universal quality. Hopper himself said that in Nighthawks he was painting the “loneliness of a large city”. He has denied however, that he put symbols of human isolation in his paintings on purpose.