We studied the artist Edward Hopper and really concentrated on his famous piece of artwork, Nighthawks. We completed an art appreciation task that considered form and shape, the title, techniques used, the scene itself and the colour and light used within the painting. It was very interesting listening to others ideas about the painting and being able to share and discus what we thought.
Nighthawks is a 1942 oil on canvas painting that portrays four people in a downtown diner late at night as viewed through the diner’s large glass window. The light coming from the diner illuminates a darkened and deserted urban streetscape shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbour during the Second World War in 1941.
It has been described as Hopper’s best-known work and is one of the most recognisable paintings in American art. Within months of its completion, it was sold to the Art Institute of Chicago on May 13, 1942, for $3,000.