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Hopper's Nighthawks: Look Through The Window

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

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Hopper's Nighthawks: Look Through The Window

The center of reality, our ultimate reality is a God who is Creator. As His image bearers we too are creators, able to take the necessary and practical things of this world to make something into something new. By creating art, we mimic the one who created all things, the One who built our universe and said “it is good.”

Madeleine L’Engle says, “All true art is incarnational, and therefore ‘religious.’”


On this episode of Art Institute Essentials Tour, take a closer look at Nighthawks, painted by Edward Hopper in 1942. Inspired by “a restaurant on New York’s Greenwich Avenue where two streets meet,” Hopper's painting, one of the best-known images of 20th-century art, has a timeless, universal quality that transcends locale. Keep reading and learn more about Nighthawks on our artwork page: "Edward Hopper is widely acknowledged as the most important realist painter of twentieth-century America. But his vision of reality was a selective one, reflecting his own temperament in the empty cityscapes, landscapes, and isolated figures he chose to paint. His work demonstrates that realism is not merely a literal or photographic copying of what we see, but an interpretive rendering.

Edward Hopper was born in 1882, in NY, into a middle-class family. From 1900 to 1906 he studied at the NY School of Art, and while in school, shifted from illustration to works of fine art. Upon completing his schooling, he worked as an illustrator for a short period of time; once this career path ended, he made three international trips, which had a great influence on the future of his work, and the type of art he would engage in during the course of his career. He made three trips to Europe between 1906 and 1910. In retrospect, Europe meant France, and more specifically, Paris, for Edward Hopper. This city, its architecture, light, and art tradition, decisively affected his development...from the website: Edward Hopper

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