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Nighthawks (1942) Edward Hopper

Nighthawks is a 1942 painting by Edward Hopper that portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. It is considered Hopper's most famous painting, as well as one of the most recognizable in American art. It is currently in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Nighthawks may be Hopper's take on the term 'night owl' used to describe someone who stays up late. The scene was inspired by a diner (now demolished) in Greenwich Village which was Hopper's home neighborhood in Manhattan. The now vacant area is known as Mulry Square, at the intersection of Seventh Avenue South, Greenwich Avenue, and West 11th Street.

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  • Artistic Period: Realism

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