Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks


Nighthawks by Edward Hopper is one of the most popular American contemporary paintings and a regular choice as a reproduction for his fans right across America and the rest of the world. This article covers the Nighthawks painting and the full career of artist Edward Hopper, with some analysis of Nighthawk’s role within his life and it’s influence on his reputation.

Nighthawks features a classic scene of a late night bar set against an atmospheric background which manages to capture the painting’s viewer and leave the intrigued. This style was common throughout Hopper’s career but it is Nighthawks specifically which captures his skills at their best. Most other Edward Hopper paintings cover landscapes and seascapes of America with a charming look where as this work has a much more complex, modern and memorable scene. It is very easy to imagine yourself sat at the bar, looking on at the other guests and imagining their own circumstances that have led them to visit the same bar that evening, with several sat by themselves in deep contemplation.

Further impressive paintings from the career of Edward Hopper include Early Sunday Morning, Tables for Ladies, Corn Hill (Truro, Cape Cod), House in Provincetown, Cobb’s Barns, South Truro and Hartford, Dauphinée House, Room in New York, House at Dusk, The Long Leg, Macomb’s Dam Bridge, The Circle Theater and Cape Cod Afternoon.

In conclusion, Nighthawks is Edward Hopper’s finest painting and it’s atmospheric feel has proved massively popular with mainstream art fans who have made it one of the most prominent American contemporary oil paintings. Nighthawks is possibly now the most reproduced painting from any American artist and certainly amongst the top ten. This list includes the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Georgia O’Keeffe and Albert Bierstadt.

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