Edward Hopper was born in Nyack, New York in 1882. Beginning in 1900, he studied at the New York School of Art under Kenneth Miller Hayes and Robert Henri. His fellow students included Rockwell Kent, Guy Pene du Bois, and George Bellows. From 1906 to 1910, Hopper traveled to Europe three times, staying several months at a time, mostly in Paris. He lived with a French family and painted on his own, rather than attending an art school. He was greatly influenced by Sisley, Degas, Pissarro, Goya and Manet.
From 1915 to 1928, Hopper completed nearly seventy etchings and drypoints, inspired by Rembrandt and Meryon with the use of light contrasts. His etchings were included in major exhibitions and helped to establish his reputation, artistically. Hopper worked mostly in the studio in Washington Square that he maintained for fifty-four years, only occasionally venturing to travel to New England and the Southwest. He died in his studio in 1967.