Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was an American Scene painter. The American Scene movement was a US-based style which depicted scenes from everyday, socially realistic life as a rejection of Modernism. Hopper was raised in Nyack, a small town on the Hudson River and educated at the New York School of Art under Realist painter Robert Henri. He had his first successful solo exhibit in 1924, from which he began to climb out of obscurity. Hopper and his wife travelled across America, gathering images to portray on canvas. His portraits of American life are austere and simple, if not bleak, but these reflect his love for his subjects through the Puritan streak in American thought. His popularity waned in the 1950s and Hopper died forgotten, only to be rediscovered in the decades after his death.
Nighthawks (1942, oil on canvas, at the Art Institute of Chicago).
Chair Car (1965, oil on canvas, private collection).
Lighthouse at Two Lights (1929, oil on canvas, at the Met).