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Edward Hopper
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    (July 22, 1882-May 15, 1967)
    Best known for his painting 'Nighthawks' (1942)
    Also painted 'House by the Railroad,' 'Automat,' 'Gas,' 'Chop Suey' and 'Office in a Small City'
    Died in New York City at age 84
    British guitarist John Squire (of Stone Roses fame) released the 2004 solo album 'Marshall's House' featuring 11 songs titled after Hopper paintings
    He did commercial art to pay bills.
    He went to Europe three times to study the popular cubist movement, but found it unappealing.
    His first solo exhibition in 1920 bombed, not one of his works sold.
    His wife didn't want him painting other female models, so she wormed her way into the role as his model.
    His paintings, while stark and often bleak, project powerful imagery, the grittiness of urban living and simplicity of rural surroundings.
    His 'House by the Railroad' was the inspiration for the house used by Alfred Hitchcock in 'Psycho.'
    'Nighthawks' has been parodied on several occasions, including 'The Simpsons' (three times), Gary Larson' s 'The Far Side' and 'That 70s Show.'
    He got much of his urban inspiration for paintings, including 'Nighthawks' (a Greenwich Village diner) from his Manhattan neighborhood he adored.
    His last painting, 'Two Comedians' (1966) depict him and his wife taking a curtain call. He died less than a year after its completion. His wife, died 10 months after him.

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