Nighthawks Edward Hopper Oil Painting

"Nighthawks" oil on canvas 35"x62" John Diehl 2011 $1250

In 2007 I attended Edward Hopper’s retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  It was his largest exhibit in decades.  Among all of his great works was his most famous masterpiece “Nighthawks”.  Easily this painting is one of the most widely recognized paintings of the 20th century and one of my favorites.  ”Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper resides at the Art Institute of Chicago but was on loan in Boston for the show, it made a very strong impression.  This exhibit is what started my painting career as I went home with the exhibit catalog and copied 2 of Edward Hopper’s oil painting landscapes(I will write about this in an upcoming blog post).

With the summer heat fading as the fall is fast approaching my painting studio is now comfortable enough to paint for long hours again.  I have begun a new series of oil paintings which will encompass my own take and interpretation on some of my favorite masterpieces.  My version “Nighthawks” is an oil painting painted in my blue and white style with some edits made of the original Edward Hopper painting.  In the original “Nighthawks” painting there are 4 people within the diner/cafe.  I decided to remove the people as if they had all left and gone home for the evening.  Without the people in the painting the composition and shapes become the focal point of this piece.  Whenever you have people in a painting you will find that they usually steal the show.  I really wanted to give the ambiance of the scene and portray the mood of the evening.

When I saw the original “Nighthawks” in person I was very impressed with the size and shape of the canvas.  For my take on the painting I hand built and hand stretched the canvas to same exact dimensions as the original.  This painting is currently available for sale for $1250 plus shipping and handling.

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2 Comments

  1. Rachel Chang

    Love it! I caught a glimpse of one of your paintings like this on your blog many moons ago, but have seen nothing like it since. I would love to see more!

    Rachel Chang

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