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Night Shadows

Hopper, Edward

Night Shadows

etching on paper

1991 Purchase funded by The Collectors Club

Edward Hopper's art has a distinct look and mood. His scenes of urban and small town America communicate a sense of isolation and loneliness. The few people he includes in a scene do not interact with each other and seem occupied with their own thoughts. He conveys the vulnerability and alienation experienced by many people living in America's cities in the 1920s and 1930s. In "Night Shadows" Hopper presents an aerial view of a man on a city sidewalk at night. The contrast of light and dark areas creates the feeling of a harsh and ominous environment. The small size of the man in relation to his surroundings emphasizes the feeling of insignificance and solitude.