Edward Hopper, ‘Intermission’, 1963, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Purchase in memory of Elaine McKeon, Chair, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Board of Trustees (1995-2004), with funds provided in part by the Fisher and Schwab Families, and an anonymous donor, by exchange

About Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper defined 20th-century realism with his austere, eerie scenes that conveyed the alienation and isolation of modern life. Nighthawks (1942), a painting of three customers sitting at the counter of a diner late at night, is among his most famous works. The illusion of light pervades his paintings, which depict late 19th-century architecture, coastal views, and scenes of the city. Hopper’s characters, even when painted in groups, seem disconnected and lost in thought. "Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world," he said.

American, 1882-1967, Nyack, New York, based in Maine, Massachusetts and New York