This is a 374 piece wooden jigsaw puzzle of Edward Hopper's famous 1942 painting Nighthawks. The puzzle design by Maria Berg has lots of film-noir themed whimsy pieces (including a smoking detective and a gun), bannister-top knob connectors, and rectangular pieces. This puzzle has a straight edge and average difficulty. Like all our puzzles, laser-cut from 1/4" thick wood. Packaged in our standard wood box. Made in USA.
Name: Deb W
Review: Really great whimsies. I found the puzzle more challenging because of the dark colors -- I had trouble distinguishing between some subtle variations, especially if the pieces were farther from me or had glare. I ended up looking at the picture a bit to figure out where the shadows went. Still, if you like this painting, you'll enjoy spending time with it and really appreciate the thematic pieces.
Review: This classic Hoppe painting has some wonderful whimsies, which suit the middle of the night. Some go together to make larger whimsies. The clean brightness of the all-night cafe, where people gather but are still mostly isolated from each other, is a huge contrast from the darkness outside, where anything could happen, and, in the whimsies, does. This is a favorite of mine, perhaps because it was a favorite before I saw it as a puzzle, and I've already done it many times in the few months I've had it. The "black" background hasn't gotten much easier to put together, but I now know that it''s not just solid black. It's a mixture of dark colors which tell their own stories of the loneliness of the night. A delightful classic modern painting which makes a wonderful noir puzzle.
Name: Michael Fox
Review: Has any other painting so captured the loneliness of wartime urban America? And the puzzle allows you to interact with each beautiful detail. That's part of the joy of an Artifact interpretation of fine art. It allows you to meditate on the piece. And if you are ever within a thousand miles of the Art Institute of Chicago, seek out the original. Ask the folks there if they still have the program that allows you take the original home for a night. Two words of caution. You've never seen so many shades of green. And the pieces are cut a little thin in places and can be a tad fragile. It is an exquisite offering.
Name: Hronir Jones
Review: Puzzle pairs well with a bottle of 10 yr old Talisker and a dark rainy night. A classic American masterpiece is met with by a masterpiece of a puzzle. I don't usually go in for rectangular-ish pieces, as they can feel too simple, but the clean lines and intricate "banister" knob connectors themed-well to the architecture of the painting. The true themes of this painting - existential angst of lonely citizens, the Ubuntu of late-night urban life - were a bit cast aside for a more playful film noir theme for the whimsies, which were admittedly enjoyable and and had me re-watching the Bogart the next night. Not sure how long it took exactly, I stayed up too late obsessively finishing it, but perhaps not at my most sharp.