Sunlight in a Cafeteria (1958) by Edward Hopper

Sunlight in a Cafeteria - Edward Hopper - 1958

Artwork Information

TitleSunlight in a Cafeteria
ArtistEdward Hopper
Art MovementNew Realism
Current LocationYale University Art Gallery (Yale University), New Haven, CT, US

About Sunlight in a Cafeteria

The artwork “Sunlight in a Cafeteria” by Edward Hopper, dated 1958, is an oil on canvas genre painting that belongs to the New Realism art movement and is part of the ‘Window’ paintings series. This artwork is housed at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, United States.

The artwork depicts an indoor scene, subtly illuminated by natural light, which accentuates the sense of stillness and solitude. A solitary couple is seated at separate tables in what appears to be a cafeteria, partitioned by a strong beam of sunlight that divides the space and casts a geometric pattern on the floor and walls. Each figure is engrossed in their own thoughts, disconnected from one another, despite their physical proximity. The background reveals an urban setting, visible through large windows, and the interior is characterized by sparse furnishings and a muted color palette. This composition captures a moment of introspection and the essence of urban anonymity, common themes in Hopper’s exploration of the human condition within modern American life. The use of light and shadow, along with the careful arrangement of architectural elements and figures, convey an atmosphere that is both familiar and laden with a sense of underlying narrative potential.

Other Artwork from Edward Hopper

More New Realism Artwork

Scroll to Top