Appreciating all that makes America special

Edward Hopper, Artist

Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper, www.greatamericanthings.net

Hopper often painted realistic views of ordinary scenes and lonely people, as here in Nighthawks. Uploaded by ibiblio.org.

One of the greatest American artists of the twentieth century, Edward Hopper is also one of the least appreciated, at least by the public. The art community has long recognized the man’s unique vision and consummate skill, both with oils and watercolors.

Edward Hopper Self-Portrait, www.greatamericanthings.net

Self-Portrait, uploaded by ecured.cu.

Of his working style, Hopper said, “It takes a long time for an idea to strike. Then I have to think about it for a long time. I don’t start painting until I have it all worked out in my mind. I’m all right when I get to the easel.” He’s known for painting common objects, such as gas stations, restaurants, and theaters. Often his work includes individuals who don’t seem to connect with others, and there’s a sense of loneliness present.

But words don’t do an artist justice. Here are some (unfortunately small) representations of his paintings.

Automat by Edward Hopper, www.greatamericanthings.net

Automat, uploaded by leninimports.com.

Gas by Edward Hopper, www.greatamericanthings.net

Gas, uploaded by canvasreplicas.com.

Chop Suey by Edward Hopper, www.greatamericanthings.net

Chop Suey, uploaded by nga.gov.

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