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A familiar image to most on the North American continent, Edward Hopper’s 1942 “Nighthawks” has become an often-appropriated image of mid-century cool, urban isolation, and architectural elegance. Hopper’s stirring vision of the city that never sleeps caught the mood, energy, and loneliness of New York at a special time in its history. Like many enduring works of Western painting, Hopper’s canvas perfectly captures a snapshot of a society at a point of dramatic change. Caught between the residual effects of the Depression that devastated the United States in the 1930s and the entry of the country into World War II, “Nighthawks” resonates with somber resilience and nocturnal fears. While time and circumstance have turned Hopper’s works into postcard images of wartime and Depression-era America, they are in fact startling representations of the promises of the bright lights of the city, and what happens when these promises are soon found out to be a sordid subjugation of what it means to be human. The luminous glow of the artificial lighting seems to both invite the viewer into the silent diner and propel them from it. A comforting beacon of security in a dark night, the sullen café however does not appear to be a bustling hot-spot or place to find a friend. Instead its occupants sit voicelessly reflecting on the day that has just passed and the day that is soon to dawn. Despite their deep introspection, they seem perfectly attuned to their environment; a new type of urban man and woman, the resilient mid-century American who has weathered the storms of their recent history.
“Is this new?” That is what you are going to hear for the next 50 years. Your yellows will stay as yellow as the first day you hung your art. If not, we will replace it.
Every item is made-to-order and assembled in-house by our team, using only premium materials...cuz we're a little OCD about art.
All of our premium materials are sourced from the states, and then assembled at iCanvas, in Illinois. Lincoln would be proud.
All of our artwork comes gallery wrapped. The image is stretched around the sides and stapled to the back of the wooden frame. Your piece of art will be ready to hang, and will include an easy-to-use hanging kit.
A little “armor for your art” that won‘t obscure the canvas. Your canvas print is gallery wrapped and mounted to a 2" thick, elegant, black hard wood frame. The art is inset, leaving a 3/8" space between the art and frame, creating the illusion that your art is “floating.”
Draw their eyes into the art with a classic frame. Your canvas print will be gallery wrapped and then carefully encased with a contemporary black hard wood frame. Only available for select .75" thick sizes.
The standard for precision and stunning color reproduction.
The best quality canvas for texture and finish; premium inks for vivid color; hand-stretched over 100% North American pine frames.
Every item is made-to-order — printed, stretched, and stapled here, at iCanvas.