An Analysis of Edward Hopper's Style of Painting

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Edward Hopper's style of painting is realistic, and often hyper-realistic in their near-photographic imagery. However, his early career was also influenced by Impressionism. Most of Hopper's canon of work consists of oil paintings, but he has also produced a substantial number of watercolors and prints. In his paintings, Hopper generally covers the theme of modern American life. Hopper's most famous painting is "Nighthawks," in 1943. "Nighthawks" depicts an all-night diner in New York City. What makes the painting remarkable is its point of view as an outsider looking in. The viewer peers through the window of the diner, seeing inside three patrons and the man behind the counter, who wears a sailor's uniform. The streets are deserted due to the dark hour, but the people inside are illuminated by the interior light. Hopper deftly captures the feeling of the fluorescent lighting and its yellowish tint, which is reflected on the walls of the diner and which also spills out onto the deserted streets. The streets are, however, not completely dark. They are illuminated by street lamps that are not depicted on the canvas, lending a sense of continuity to the frame. "Nighthawks" is an icon of the "City that Never Sleeps." New York is the setting for the bulk of Hopper's work, and lighting plays a major role in all of them. In "Girl at Sewing Machine," the titular subject is seated and sewing by a window, and light streams in and illuminates her work. The lighting is naturalistic,

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