Nighthawks by Edward Hopper: Great Art Explained (2021)
“Edward Hopper’s world was New York, and he understood that city more than most people. He understood that, even though you may live in one of the most crowded and busy cities on earth, it is still possible to feel entirely alone. This painting, was completed on January 21st, 1942, just weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbour and America’s entry into World War two. That’s not to say the war was a direct influence, but the feeling of dread many Americans had, surely infused the painting. Afraid of air raid attacks, New York had blackout drills, and lights were dimmed in public spaces. Streets emptied out and Hopper’s city was effectively dark, and silent.“- Great Art Explained
|District Category:||Worth It|
|Sub-Genres:||YouTube, Art, New York|
|Run Time:||15 Mins|
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About Great Art Explained
“I’m James Payne, a curator, gallerist and a passionate art lover. I am on a mission to demystify the art world and discover the stories behind the world’s greatest paintings and sculptures. Each episode will focus on one piece of art and break it down, using clear and concise language free of ‘art-speak’. Sometimes the art work is a springboard for other wider issues I would like to explore, and sometimes it is a simple exploration of techniques and meaning. For me, setting the works in context helps us appreciate them more. By sticking to fifteen minutes, I want to make sure I keep the viewer engaged and interested. My videos cover art from all cultures and classifications. In-depth research and a love for the perfect visual, will hopefully bring a new way of seeing familiar works.”
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|YouTube Account:||Great Art Explained|
|Where To Stream:||YouTube|