Outwardly Hopper's life was extremely stable, free of any turmoil. Once he had found himself as an artist, his life was dominated by his career and rarely touched by the society around him. Nevertheless, from his distanced vantage point, Hopper remained an acute observer of his times and its art movements, a wealth of experience that is reflected in his works.
Hopper was born in 1882 in Nyack, a small port on the Hudson River several miles north of New York City. The East Coast left such a strong impression on him that he can be regarded as a prototype of this culture.