Nighthawks by Edward Hopper
Soft Enamel Pin
One black rubber clutch
Backer card (90 x 52 mm)
Transparent bag with hole
Purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago for $3,000 in 1942, Nighthawks is Edward Hopper’s best-known work. It is also one of the most recognizable paintings in American Art.
The painting portrays people in a downtown diner late at night as viewed through the diner’s large glass window. The streetscape appears darkened and deserted.
The scene was supposedly inspired by a diner (since demolished) in Greenwich Village, Hopper's neighborhood in Manhattan. Hopper himself said the painting "was suggested by a restaurant on Greenwich Avenue where two streets meet". Additionally, he noted that "I simplified the scene a great deal and made the restaurant bigger".
About Edward Hopper
Edward Hopper (born July 22, 1882, Nyack, N.Y., U.S.—died May 15, 1967, New York City) was an American painter whose realistic depictions of everyday urban scenes shock the viewer into recognition of the strangeness of familiar surroundings. He strongly influenced the Pop art and New Realist painters of the 1960s and 1970s. Hopper was a minor-key artist, creating subdued drama out of commonplace subjects ‘layered with a poetic meaning’, inviting narrative interpretations, often unintended. He was praised for ‘complete verity’ in the America he portrayed.