artist Edward Hopper
It is on display in the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois.
The painting displays several adults huddled around a quiet, brightly lit coffee house on an otherwise deserted street in an unnamed American city.
The counterman is dressed in white, while the patrons wear dull, dark clothing. The color of the diner, and the light that shines from it, are a warm green, not unlike the color of a banker's lamp.
The expression "nighthawks" was often used to describe people who stayed up late, either because of work or for entertainment.
While many see this painting as sad or depressing, I see it as reasurring. A warm, safe place in the deserted city. An urban oasis. If you have ever had breakfast at 4 am you would appreciate such a place, and this painting.