Nighthawks (painting)

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper 1942.jpg
ArtistEdward Hopper Edit this on Wikidata
Mediumoil paint, canvas
MovementAmerican realism Edit this on Wikidata
Dimensions84.1 cm (33.1 in) × 152.4 cm (60.0 in)
LocationArt Institute of Chicago
Accession No.1942.51 Edit this on Wikidata

Nighthawks is a 1942 oil on canvas painting by Edward Hopper that portrays four people in a downtown diner late at night as viewed through the diner's large glass window. The light coming from the diner illuminates a darkened and deserted urban streetscape.

It has been described as Hopper's best-known work[1] and is one of the most recognizable paintings in American art.[2][3] Within months of its completion, it was sold to the Art Institute of Chicago on May 13, 1942, for $3,000.[4]

  1. ^ Ian Chilvers and Harold Osborne (Eds.), The Oxford Dictionary of Art Oxford University Press, 1997 (second edition), p. 273, ISBN 0-19-860084-4 "The central theme of his work is the loneliness of city life, generally expressed through one or two figures in a spare setting - his best-known work, Nighthawks, has an unusually large 'cast' with four."
  2. ^ Hopper's Nighthawks, Smarthistory video, accessed April 29, 2013.
  3. ^ Brooks, Katherine (July 22, 2012). "Happy Birthday, Edward Hopper!". The Huffington Post., Inc. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  4. ^ The sale was recorded by Josephine Hopper as follows, in volume II, p. 95 of her and Edward's journal of his art: "May 13, '42: Chicago Art Institute - 3,000 + return of Compartment C in exchange as part payment. 1,000 - 1/3 = 2,000." See Deborah Lyons, Edward Hopper: A Journal of His Work. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1997, p. 63.

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