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Essay: <em>Nighthawks</em> by Edward Hopper

Essay: Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

A brief essay focusing on Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. With its carefully constructed composition and lack of narrative, this painting has a timeless quality that transcends its particular locale. One of the best-known images of 20th-century art, the painting depicts an all-night diner with four anonymous and uncommunicative night owls who seem as separate and remote from the viewer as they are from one another.

20th century, American, night scenes, painting, urban life


Fine Arts
Elementary, High School, Middle School
Art from Many Places, Art Traditions of the United States, Learning about America through Art

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