The Bootleggers — Edward Hopper

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

Notre Dame de Paris — Edward Hopper

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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.

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Approaching a City — Edward Hopper

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

Gas Station — Julian Faulhaber

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

The Circle Theatre — Edward Hopper

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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

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Summer Evening — Edward Hopper

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Cape Cod Afternoon — Edward Hopper

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High Noon — Edward Hopper

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Morning Sun — Edward Hopper

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Hotel by Railroad — Richard Tuschman

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Solitary Figure in a Theater — Edward Hopper

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Night Windows II — Seth Armstrong

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Sketch for A Woman in the Sun — Edward Hopper

A Woman in the Sun — Edward Hopper