He was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While he was most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.
Here is Nighthawks, one of his most famous paintings, my all time favorite.
The effective use of light and shadow to create mood is also central to Hopper’s methods. Bright sunlight (as an emblem of insight or revelation), and the shadows it casts, also play symbolically powerful roles in Hopper paintings such as Early Sunday Morning (1930), Summertime (1943), Seven A.M. (1948), and Sun in an Empty Room (1963). His use of light and shadow effects have been compared to the cinematography of film noir.
Summer evening 1947
Early sunday morning 1930
Seven A.M. 1948
Sun in an empty room 1963
Room in New York 1931
Office at night 1940
Conference at night 1949
New York Movie 1939
Williamsburg bridge 1928
Etching : Night shadows 1921
Etching : Night on El Train 1918
Above, characters drawn in aquarel
and below, a few The Morse Dial covers