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The painting shown herein is a very early self-portrait by Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Hopper occupies a unique space in art history. In a survey of American art, he can sometimes seem like all things to all people but most of all a painter of America. Some of these perceptions are accurate, and others are forced on the work. When viewers interacts with a work of art, they cannot help but to bring their own experiences with them. Through his work, Hopper sought to explore issues of identity, solitude, and mood. He explored these topics in himself, as can be seen in this image, as well as in his surroundings.
Collins EB. Self-Portrait by Edward Hopper. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2014;16(3):165-166. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2014.27