Nighthawks


Edward Hopper painted Night Hawks which is by far his most famous painting which was finished in 1942 in response to Pearl Harbor. This painting to me is a depiction of the loneliness of a big city and the overall gloominess feeling of the 1940’s and also reminds me of hotel California by the eagles mainly because of one line from the song “You can check in any time you like but you can never leave”. In this painting you see empty dark streets of Greenwich Village of New York with the only one gleaming light from the fluorescent lighting of Phillies. As the few people of the painting sit around a bar being served by a man in white at a restaurant with no exit.  As the people sit seemingly in despair. I can’t help but feel that they are all sad and busy confronting their own demons. The man who is sitting alone that all you see is his back. I believe is representation of the countless unmemorable and faceless people who you encounter in the city every day. As for the man and women in red who are sitting next each other just barley touching hands as they sit silently smoking staring into nothingness as they slowly seem to drift apart represents the brief fragile connection that we make with other people. Finally the man in white who I believe is most important as well as the lowest character of this painting. He is trapped in eternal servitude to the other patrons in this painting forever lower trapped behind his counter and forever hunched behind a bar that he will never be able to escape. But without him the others are all helpless and need him to wait on them. He is the small things that people forget to grasp the last shinning hope.
This Paint is one of the most famous paintings of the last hundred years. It has been spoofed countless time in the media and every person has seen it at least once. It has been used in television shows like The Simpson’s, That 70’s show, and CSI have all put their character in side of Phillies.
This painting was also redone by Gottfriend Helnwein Called Boulevard of broken dreams that features many famous dead

celebrities. Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn
Monroe are the couple. James Dean is the loner and Elvis is the soda fountain attendant.

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About eeisel

Hi, I'm Eric Eisel i'm 22 years old and a sophomore this semester in U.A.F. I have lived in Alaska for 12 years in Kotzebue. which is just another boring land locked Alaskan village. Other then that I'm pretty boring to be honest.
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3 Responses to Nighthawks

  1. Christina says:

    I enjoyed your post. You explained the picture in a great way.You are probably right, that everybody has seen this picture at least once. Even I have seen it a couple times. and I think I even remember the episode of the Simpsons when Homes sits in Phillies. Your explanation of the “Nighthawks” made me remember all those times when I was in bars till late at night myself. I always thought it was a great feeling to walk afterwords through the city where barely anybody was anymore. Fun times.

  2. dannerak says:

    Great post! Your detailed account of the painting and its history are right on. I agree that this painting depicts loneliness and gloomy feeling. It is cool how that painting was spoofed in the Simpson’s and with James Dean in it. You have completed this assignment and hit all the necessary points. Nice work.

  3. davidsbl0g says:

    This is an awesomely detailed, very interesting post. Your analysis and insights are thorough and thought-provoking. Thank you!

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