Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

It Happened Today in New York City

01-21-hopperOn January 21, 1942, Edward Hopper completed his most famous painting, Nighthawks. The legendary image of three down-and-out patrons and a soda jerk at a cheap diner at night has since become one of the most recognizable tableaus in American art, inspiring imitations, tributes, and parodies. Shortly after it was completed, the painting was purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago for $3,000. Since then, it has been loaned to other museums on various occasions, including the Whitney for one of its many Hopper retrospectives.

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