Drug Store, painted by Edward Hopper in 1927, is an oil on canvas depiction of a pharmacy on a corner street at night. The painting showcases bold lettering and repeating rectangles, with Hopper’s signature “horizontality” of lines creating plays of sunlight and architecture.
As part of Hopper’s exploration with urban realism, Drug Store captures isolated figures on empty streets using strong contrasts between light and shadow to create atmospheric mood. It is believed that the building at 184 Waverly Place in New York City may have inspired the artist to paint this remarkable artwork.
Although Drug Store is less well-known than its contemporary counterpart Nighthawks, it still carries an undeniable charm that sets it apart from other works in American Modernism.