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Artwork and Artist Information: <em>Nighthawks</em> by Edward Hopper

Artwork and Artist Information: Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, with its carefully constructed composition and lack of narrative, 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. Includes discussion questions and classroom activity suggestions.

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


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

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