Edward Hopper's 'Nighthawks'

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Nighthawks is a two-dimensional painting since it is painted on a flat canvas and observed in terms of height and width. This piece would not considered three-dimensional because it does not occupy space or have mass. Although this painting does not occupy space, it does imitate three-dimensional space or depth. This piece of art is naturalistic because it has recognizable objects that imitate nature and three-dimensional space. The subject of this piece, a diner, is realistic and its ideas are obtained from real life, or closely expresses a real-life situation that has or may occur (Cooper, “American Painter Edward Hopper in Chicago”). It is a narrative piece because it features people and landscape elements, buildings and people, about which one can invent a story. It could have many stories be hide it pertaining to a diner, but the painting illustrates a diner open twenty-four seven in which three customers, all caught up in their own heads, have gathered together (Druick, “Entry”).…show more content…
He also uses outlines and contour lines. The dominate lines are horizontal and curved while the contrasting lines are vertical and diagonal lines. Hoppers uses horizontal lines and rectangular shapes create the city streets. He uses a slightly curved outline to create the diner and repeats these lines within the dinner. The curved lines seem to keep the diner from blending into the city. Nighthawks has a two point linear perspective that intersects at the diner. The lines then fade back and to the right following the city street behind the

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