Edward Hopper is widely acknoledged as the most important realist painter of twentieth-century America. But his vision of reality was a selective one, reflecting his own temperament in the empty cityscapes, landscapes, and isolated figures he chose to paint. His work demonstrates that realism is not merely a literal or photographic copying of what we see, but an interpretive rendering. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of his death, here are some of his most beautiful and important artworks:

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Nighthawks, 1942.

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New York Movie, 1939.

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East Wind Over Weehawken, 1934.

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Automat, 1927.

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The House by the Railroad, 1925.

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Office at Night, 1940.

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Rooms by the Sea, 1951.

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Railroad Sunset, 1929.

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Manhattan Bridge Loop, 1928.

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Lighthouse at Two Lights, 1929.

Source: EdwardHopper

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