Painted by Edward Hopper in 1942, Nighthawks officially hangs at the Art Institute Of Chicago (and unofficially hangs on my computer as my new desktop wallpaper).

I’ve always liked the image and find that, like other work by Hopper I’m seeing for the first time, I can’t quite describe why.  It seems he had a thing about windows.  People looking into them, people looking out of them, and people sitting near them.  Not sure what that’s about, and not to sound like a simpleton, but it’s the colors that grab me.

Do a google image search on his work and you’ll see what I mean.

February 6th, 2012|Categories: History|Tags: , , |2 Comments


  1. bmj2k February 8, 2012 at 12:11 AM - Reply

    That is an amazing picture, one of my faves. (The Scream and Starry Night are the top two.) There s something about the people at the counter, late at night, that appeals to something inside me.

    • Jim February 9, 2012 at 8:53 PM - Reply

      Yes, Starry Night is another one I enjoy (it has even got its own theme song).

      Quiet time. People tend to be more themselves the later it gets. He may have gotten lucky that night, by the looks of things…

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