This painting is a longtime favorite of mine; I have a four-foot reproduction of it hanging up in my living room. The fashion of the people and the diner represented are part of it, but also because of the feeling of quiet solitude I get whenever I look at it.

Hopper's paintings commonly depict ordinary people as seen through windows; it's a motif he used which helped the viewer feel more like an observer than a participant in the goings-on he was depicting. With this painting you could easily be another nighthawk yourself, walking down the street across from the diner, looking in to see what everyone else was doing up so late.