The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #22
Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967)
Born in Nyack and educated at the New York School of Art and Design, Edward Hopper became the foremost artistic master of the depiction of isolation and alienation. From his studio on Washington Square, Hopper painted many familiar and mundane street scenes, often rendering them void of human life. When people are depicted in his work, they rarely interact with each other or register any sense of community or comradeship. In this, he touches on the uniquely urban sense of solitude in a bustling crowd that so many New Yorkers know so well. His depictions of the city include East Side Interior, New York Restaurant, Manhattan Bridge Loop, Automat, Chop Suey, Early Sunday Morning, Office at Night, and his most famous work Nighthawks. Though MoMA owns his masterpiece New York Movie and the Metropolitan owns Tables for Ladies, a staggering 38 of his paintings belong to the Whitney, which remains the go-to place to see his work.
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