Edward Hopper Prints

Written by Serena Berger
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The most famous Edward Hopper prints capture the spirit of a lonely soul between the wars in America in the first half of the twentieth century. Hopper was not a painter particularly interested in the pioneering movements of Cubism, or later Abstract Expressionism, which overlapped with his career. He was simply interested in capturing images of the city in which he lived and the people who caught his attention and imagination.

Among the most popular Edward Hopper prints is Nighthawks. In this painting, a diner is open late at night. The man behind the counter laughingly serves an attractive young couple. While these figures, painted in the lighter colors and sitting centrally in the bright fluorescent light, attract the attention first, it is the man in the hat and dark coat sitting alone who gives the work its soul.

Themes in Edward Hopper Prints

Thematically, Nighthawks is a typical Hopper image of isolation; stylistically it is typical of Hopper's work in general, as well, in that the point is not artistic innovation, but rather emotional evocation. The work is moody but not melancholy or melodramatic. Room in Brooklyn is another of Hopper's many works that feature a sole masculine figure in the shadow--in this case, looking out his window at everything happening in New York City.

Many art fans appreciate Edward Hopper prints for their masterful combination of starkness and nostalgia. Unlike the sweet nostalgia of Rockwell, Hopper's is slightly more abstracted and cerebral. Another popular theme in Hopper's work is the cinema--both the physical space itself and the kinds of movies that he liked. Hopper's prints are typically compatible with simple, elegant, and sophisticated interior design schemes.

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