Just another Village painter. Not.

Just another Village painter. Not.

Well, unlike Edgar Allen Poe's house, the Provincetown Playhouse, Café Bizarre, the House of Genius and scores of other historic Village spots, NYU was unable to demolish Edward Hopper's place, although they did work for decades to evict him.

The landmarked Washington Square North exterior, along with a plaque, is all that remains of the studio where Nighthawks was painted, the most famous American piece of art ever created (with no apologies, really, to American Gothic, Campbell's Tomato Soup, Christina's World, One: Number 31, 1950, Washington Crossing the Delaware or Whistler's Mother).

 The building is part of the Artist's World tour, which takes place every Saturday at 12 noon. And a great Fred W. McDarrah portrait of Hopper in his studio is one of the keepsake postcards given out on the tour.

 

The studio where Hopper painted Nighthawks is - was - atop 3 Washington Square North.

The studio where Hopper painted Nighthawks is - was - atop 3 Washington Square North.