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.