Edward Hopper was enrolled at the New York School of Art from 1900 to 1906 and it was at this point that the young student started to be exposed to all manner of artistic influences.

Hopper's spell in central New York was where his inspiration from normal, everyday life was to begin. It is perhaps thanks to the artist's teachers in the School of Art that he was to choose the artistic style that he did.

This approach to capturing individuals in rural settings would never leave his work, even when American art saw the rise of Abstract Expressionists like Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.