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Nighthawks - Edward Hopper
1942 (120 Kb); Oil on canvas, 30 x 60 in; The Art Institute of Chicago

Paintings such as Nighthawks (Art Institute of Chicago, 1942) convey a mood of loneliness and desolation by their emptiness or by the presence of anonymous, non-communicating figures. But of this picture Hopper said: `I didn’t see it as particularly lonely… Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city.’ Deliberately so or not, in his still, reserved, and blandly handled paintings Hopper often exerts a powerful psychological impact — distantly akin to that made by the Metaphysical painter de Chirico; but while de Chirico’s effect was obtained by making the unreal seem real, Hopper’s was rooted in the presentation of the familiar and concrete. More…

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Nighthawks - Edward Hopper

1942 (120 Kb); Oil on canvas, 30 x 60 in; The Art Institute of Chicago

Paintings such as Nighthawks (Art Institute of Chicago, 1942) convey a mood of loneliness and desolation by their emptiness or by the presence of anonymous, non-communicating figures. But of this picture Hopper said: `I didn’t see it as particularly lonely… Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city.’ Deliberately so or not, in his still, reserved, and blandly handled paintings Hopper often exerts a powerful psychological impact — distantly akin to that made by the Metaphysical painter de Chirico; but while de Chirico’s effect was obtained by making the unreal seem real, Hopper’s was rooted in the presentation of the familiar and concrete. More…

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