Edward Hopper Paintings Come to Life to Mark 50 Years Since the Artist's Death

Hopper, Nighthawks
Hopper, Nighthawks

May 15 marks the 50th anniversary of Edward Hopper's death. New York native Hopper (1882-1967) is widely regarded as one of the greatest American artists. His realist works---ranging from watercolors to printmaking and etching---capture the essence of the early decades of the 20th century. 

In a fun ode to the artist, the creative team at Orbitz have animated 9 of Hopper's paintings, injecting movement into the static images. The team says, "We've created a 21st century tribute to this titan of 20th century art, for the younger generation who may not have been directly introduced to his work."

Hopper's intrepid pieces of Americana, famous for their uncompromising realist edge, are given another dimension when previously subtle elements are exaggerated through animation. New York Movie (1939), for example, gives action to the movie illuminating the lonely figure of the usher.

There are several more iconic images featured in Edward Hopper in MotionAutomat, Chop Suey, Lighthouse Hill, Morning Sun, People in The Sun, Nighthawks, Hotel Window and House by the Railroad. All are animated in their own unique way. 

Another example is perhaps the most famous Hopper painting, Nighthawks (1942), the lonely diner has now changed to include a flickering light, and a closing shutter above the serene street scene. Or take the two women dining in Chop Suey (1929), with the eponymous restaurant's sign flickering, and steam rising from the tea they share. View the animated Hoppers here.

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