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Nighthawks

Painting, 1942, 84.1×152.4 cm

Description of the artwork «Nighthawks»

Most famous painting by Edward hopper "Night Owls" (Nighthawks) has become virtually synonymous with his name. Written in that short period in the artist's life, when his work began to sell and brought him international fame, she, in recognition of the hopper, is permeated with a sense of loneliness that sometimes feels everyone in the city. In the city, which, as a living organism, suffers, sings, laughs, or, as here, resting after a hard day. Somehow, it seems that the hopper painting depicts a very ordinary night unremarkable Thursday.

According to one version, which was put forward by hopper biographer Gail Levin, the creation of "night Owls" artist inspired van Gogh painting "Cafe terrace at night"/ "Night cafe in Arles" (1888). A passionate lover of all things French, Hopper just could not get past the famous paintings that in January 1942 it was exhibited in new York. That's just the evening in a cafe he interpreted in his own inimitable manner. Summer terrace with weightless tables turned into a typical American diner with Windows-"aquariums". A lazy languor of the warm night in Arles was replaced by sad-poignant-new York night.

According to another version (which has become common), for the appearance of "night Owls" we would like to thank Ernest Hemingway and his story "the Killers." A tiny story, only three pages, and they are a brilliant way nothing happens. Only the dialogues are very similar to those, which are famous for the films of Quentin Tarantino. If you stick to this version, you may notice that the artist changed the dining time on the night and added an additional character. And when in 1946 in Hollywood decided to film "Killers", the basis for it was the picture of the hopper than the Hemingway story. Speaking in favor of this not only the typical kuperovskaya scenes used in the film, but the appearance of this additional character. Because it is simply impossible to imagine a decent murder without the participation of a fatal beauty.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene

Style of art: Realism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1942

Size: 84.1×152.4 cm

Artwork in selections: 88 selections

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