Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper, is one of my favorite paintings. This fall, I was able to view the original work at the Art Institute of Chicago. I like to ponder whether these three night owls knew one another and gathered at the diner regularly or if they were perfect strangers that barely spoke. Below, I have added Gottfried Helwein’s popular version of the painting which replaces Hopper’s characters with James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis. Which do you prefer?

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