Photo Flick Nr. 33- Corona Special

Corona – Mouth Mask-Version of Hopper’s Nighthawk Scene.

Edward Hopper was a household name when he painted scenes on the streets of large cities, including restaurants and apartments. Hopper has become a household name this year for reasons that his paintings are being used as parodies to describe society during the age of Corona.

We presented a Photo Flick on April 10th with the empty restaurant scene, describing how the virus closed down all businesses and brought the world to a virtual standstill, at the expense of profit and normalcy- meeting people in public, engaging in outdoor activities or even venturing out. The scene was based on the 1942 painting Nighthawks.

This Photo Flick uses the Nighthawk backdrop but describes the restaurant scene again- this time with social distancing, mouth masks and the Smartphone. In short- communication on a totally new level.

I wonder if Hopper had been alive today how he would interpret this scene, as well as the other paintings he did that have been used as backdrop to describe what we’re dealing with today. If I was in his shoes, I would be…..


Photo Flick Nr. 17- Corona Special

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper (1942)  Public domain

This next photo flick in connection with the special on the Corona Virus takes us back to 1942. There, American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) painted a bar scene in New York at night, when there were only a few people enjoying their (final) drinks before going home to bed. Nighthawks received many international accolades and is considered one of the best realist paintings in the history of American art.

In connection with the Corona pandemic, one (unknown) artist decided to reproduce the Hopper painting and fit it into the current situation, where social distancing and the prohibition of public events are currently the norm:


This needs no further words or expressions. People are striving to return to normalcy, yet as we saw in a previous Photo Flick, normalcy before CoVid 19 was likely the cause of the new normalcy that we will have to put up with, even when the lockdowns and “stay at home” ordinances are lifted.  With that in mind, we will see many more of this picture in the future than what was painted by Hopper during his time.