While many people know of Edward Hopper because of his paintings, they may not be aware that Hopper's first call to fame was actually from his success in illustration and etching. Etching, a technique in which a composition is incised into a metal plate and then printed in ink on paper, was particularly suited to Hopper's style, allowing him to use strong, clean lines and cross-hatching to enhance the mystery of his chosen subjects and focus on light vs dark. Hopper created a lot of his work to express postwar feelings, for example, alienation and ambiguity. He was one of many American artists that was "neither totally abstract nor traditional" (Hills 177) because he used a lot of distortion in his work as well. Take a look at our site to learn more about Hopper and his journey. 

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All Rights Reserved (<p><span style="font-size: 14px;">Hills, Patricia. <i>Modern art in the USA: issues and controversies of the 20th century. </i>Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span><br></p>Levin, Gail. <i>Edward Hopper: an Intimate Biography.</i> New York: Knopf, 1995.<br>)

Night Shadows

Accession Number

Night Shadows

Edward Hopper

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
etching on Van Gelder wove paper

10 ¾ in x 13 13/16 in (10 ¾ in x 35.08 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. & Mrs. S.J. Axelrod

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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American (North American)
men (male humans)
modern and contemporary art
street scenes

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