The Bootleggers — Edward Hopper


The Bootleggers, 1925 by Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

Notre Dame de Paris — Edward Hopper


Notre Dame de Paris, 1907 by Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

Edward Hopper was my inspiration for a lot of the songs I made up with my band The Modern Lovers

Edward Hopper, especially that painting of the gas station at night—Gas (1940)—was my inspiration for a lot of the songs I made up with my band The Modern Lovers when I was a kid. Especially “Roadrunner” owes to that gas station painting, but any songs I made up about lonely nights on lonely highways and the way lights were like friends in the dark. This is what “Roadrunner” was about. The Velvet Underground covered this kind of stark, lonely feeling of wonder and had a sound which, with its drowning darkness, felt right for my explorations into bleak, modern-world terror. That plus Hopper was a big part of my starting music.

From the Art News Muses column by Jonathan Richman.


Approaching a City — Edward Hopper


Approaching a City, 1946 by Edward Hopper (1882–1967)

Gas Station — Julian Faulhaber


Tankstelle (Gas Station), 2008 by Julian Faulhaber (b. 1975)

The Circle Theatre — Edward Hopper

Circle Theatre

The Circle Theater, 1936 by Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

Sunday — Edward Hopper

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Sunday, 1926 by Edward Hopper (1882-1967).

Morning Sun — Edward Hopper


Summer Evening — Edward Hopper


Cape Cod Afternoon — Edward Hopper


High Noon — Edward Hopper


Morning Sun — Edward Hopper


Hotel by Railroad — Richard Tuschman


Solitary Figure in a Theater — Edward Hopper


Night Windows II — Seth Armstrong


Sketch for A Woman in the Sun — Edward Hopper

A Woman in the Sun — Edward Hopper