Rarely developing narratives in his work, Edward Hopper was primarily concerned with the struggle between man and his surroundings. In his highly formal compositions, he was able to convey a character's complex inner life in direct correlation to his environment, often achieving a great sense of poignancy.
Preoccupied with the effect of light and shadow and the moods they evoked at different times of the day, he took pleasure in the commonplace, depicting such everyday scenes as motel rooms, filling stations, street scenes and cafeterias and making him in every sense an American Impressionist. One of this last example, being defined by his best known work, is 'Nighthawks' (1942).
As his career progressed, he became fascinated with the confrontation between Nature and Civilization, most noticeably in paintings such as 'Gas' (1940), where the tension is expressed through both color contrasts and precise composition. Edward Hopper died in 1967, in his studio near Washington Square, in New York City.
"Maybe I am not very human. What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house." (Edward Hopper)"In general it can be said that a nation's art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people." - Edward Hopper