About the artist
Edward Hopper, a well known American artist, achieved fame for his oil paintings and watercolours depicting rural and urban scenes. He skillfully employed contrasting light and dark shades to evoke cinematic atmospheres. Nighthawks (1942), a celebrated artwork, captured the intense lighting of a Manhattan diner reminiscent of film noir. Hopper also depicted the serene coasts of Cape Cod and New England villages. He believed that great art reflects an artist's inner life and personal worldview. Born on July 22, 1882, in Nyack, NY, Hopper refined his skills by sketching steamboats on the Hudson River. He later studied painting under William Merrit Chase and Robert Henri at the New York School of Art. Initially working as an illustrator for trade magazines, Hopper transitioned to painting in 1923 after selling six watercolours to the Brooklyn Museum. His distinct style and mood emerged in his works from the late 1920s until his death on May 15, 1967, in New York, NY. Today, Hopper's art is held in esteemed collections like the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Tate Gallery in London.