Hotel Lobby (detail) 1943. Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Oil on canvas. Indianapolis Museum of Art. Themes of loneliness, transience, and alienation permeate the haunting images of Edward Hopper. Though he resisted the label, Hopper was a premier practitioner of American Scene Painting-a Depression-era movement that rejected modernism and other European influences, electing instead to render uniquely American subjects in a realist style.