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.
Hopper lived and painted during a period of great change in the United States.
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Hopper believed that his paintings captured many of the problems facing twentieth-century America but also conveyed his own personal thoughts and experiences.
Look closely at these paintings to uncover their details and emotional complexities.