This painting was done by Edward Hopper, painted at The Art Institute of
Chicago in 1942. The size of the painting is 30 x 60 inches, done on canvas with oil paints.
The mood this painting sends to the audience is the feel of loneliness, and late night emptiness
of a sleeping city.
Some of the things being presented here, that I’ve observed; there are two men
and a lady sitting around a large rounded counter with coffee mugs in front of them. I would
assume it’s a coffee shop that they are in, but could possibly be a bar as well. The coffee shop
has a large glass window wrapping around the whole shop, and onto the corner. There is a sign
above the place, that says Phillies, probably the name of the shop, or maybe they sell cigars as well.
It looks like part of the sign is cut off so we cannot see if this sign has more written on it. Noticing
the sidewalk next to the coffee shop, it seems unusually pretty. Also, across the street from the shop,
is a large building that appears to be closed, there are no lights on, and no people inside. Back to the
coffee shop, there is a person inside behind the counter who looks to be filling a cup to serve a drink.
He looks like he might be conversing with the man and the woman sitting together at the end of the
counter. The man sitting by himself, looks like he might be sad or lonely, maybe deep in thought.
He appears to be looking down, which gives him a sad appearance.
Our perspective is standing on the street or sidewalk, looking in at the people,
possibly wondering what the shop worker, lady, and the man are discussing, while the man who is
alone makes us wonder how he might be thinking, or what feelings he is having. The painting
looks like it was painted with oil paints because of the smooth appearing texture, and the
deepness and solidness of the colors.
It’s not as clear looking ...