Moebius’ take on Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” offered as limited edition print

Moebius' unique take on Edward Hopper's iconic painting "Nighthawks".

Moebius’ unique take on Edward Hopper’s iconic painting “Nighthawks”.

London’s Illustration Art Gallery is offering a limited edition print of Moebius‘ unique take on Edward Hopper‘s iconic painting “Nighthawks“.

Never previously published, this glorious limited edition Moebius giclée print is limited to just 100 numbered copies and on sale for £250 each and comes complete with certificate of authenticity.

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper (1942)

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper (1942)

Nighthawks is a 1942 painting by Edward Hopper that portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. It is Hopper’s most famous work and is one of the most recognisable paintings in American art. Within months of its completion, it was sold to the Art Institute of Chicago for $3000, and has remained there ever since. (If you get a chance to see it, do – it’s fantastic).

Hopper said that Nighthawks was inspired by “a restaurant on New York’s Greenwich Avenue where two streets meet,” but the image – with its carefully constructed composition and lack of narrative – has a timeless, universal quality that transcends its particular locale, that has been homaged, and parodied, by many since it was first painted. These include The Simpsons‘ take on the now iconic image and even a version created in LEGO.

"Nighthawks" homage in The Simpsons episode "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" © Twentieth Century Fox

“Nighthawks” homage in The Simpsons episode “Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment” © Twentieth Century Fox

"Nighthawks" meets Star Wars and, possibly, Indiana Jones, in a LEGO reimagining of the painting that started doing the rounds of the web around 2010. Artist unknown

“Nighthawks” meets Star Wars and, possibly, Indiana Jones, in a LEGO reimagining of the painting that started doing the rounds of the web around 2010. Artist unknown

Jean Giraud (aka Moebius) created his version in 1993, for a mixed exhibition paying tribute to Edward Hopper. This brilliant re-interpretation of Nighthawks strikes the perfect balance between reality and fantasy in classic Moebius style.

The high resolution reproduction was produced with the utmost care directly from the original watercolour painting which has remained in private hands ever since the exhibition.

Buy your limited edition Moebius Nighthawks print direct from the Illustration Art Gallery here

More about Nighthawks by Edward Hopper here on the Art Institute of Chicago web site

More about Nighthawks by Edward Hopper here on Edward Hopper.net

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