Thursday, October 11, 2012

Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks"

This painting is Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks." This painting was done 1942, and the medium used was oil on canvas. This painting portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. It is Hopper's most famous work and is one of the most recognizable paintings in American art.  A careful viewer will notice the unusual use of perspective, color, and light in the painting. If you squint your eyes while looking at this painting, you can actually see the depth of some of the figures made by the darker shades. This incredible use of light and dark pertains to our sketches this week. Using shadows, lighter red shades as the light coming from the diner, darker blacks on the base of the diner to show depth, and lightest greys on the sidewalk portray life at a late night diner.

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