Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The painting "Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper is considered to be one of his most famous paintings. It was painted in 1942. This painting depicts a couple and a man sitting at a bar with a lone bar attendant late at night. This painting does an excellent job of portraying loneliness and solitude. It is apparent that the bar is located in a city because of all of the buildings in the background, and yet no one is on the streets. I researched this painting and discovered that it was inspired by the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Supposedly, Hopper meant to convey the gloominess that spread across the country following the attack.