Modern Independent Women of Hopper's Paintings
Edward Hopper’s oil paintings feature scenes of emotionally detached New Yorkers in metropolitan environments where the viewer is often forced to fill in the dramatic blanks as to what his subjects are doing. The most famous of which is "Nighthawks", depicting three customers at a late night diner. The early 20th century American artist frequently depicted women in his paintings that some say are vulnerable scenarios. Two of these paintings "Automat" and "Chop Suey" are now displayed side by side at the Des Moines Art Center and one curator says these paintings in particular represent modern independent women of the 1920s.