Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper

A Painter of Urban America

The realistic paintings of Edward Hopper are among the most unforgettable images in twentieth-century American art. He repeatedly painted scenes of urban interiors and city streets, usually with only a few figures. Because he was working during a period of rapid industrialization in the United States, his art often includes new technologies of the day, such as the automobile and movies. However, his work also captures the emotions and experiences that accompanied these changes for many Americans, such as feelings of displacement, isolation, and even loneliness. Looking at Hopper’s works can help us empathize with twentieth-century Americans and compare their experiences to the social and technological changes we are facing today.