New York Office, 1962, oil on canvas by Edward Hopper.
Edward Hopper is one of my favourite artists. His restrained use of intense color and sharp clean lines create a world that is ostentatiously sterile and pristine. Yet, the figures he depicts are shrouded in mystery. There is a sadness and expressed ennui of these characters that shatters the sense of utopia his settings suggest and as such, illuminate the banality and loneliness of modern life.