Ok, I am no expert when it comes to paintings. But, I know what I like... and Edward Hopper just does it for me. Yes I like all of the other greats, like let's say Monet and Van Gogh. I mean who could resist those Water Lillies and The Harvest, and the Potato Eaters? That aside, Hopper just feeds my soul. I look at his paintings with their great use of light and shadows and I have noir on the brain.
I also love the passivity of the people depicted in his work and the larger than life environment that looms over them like a Sword of Damocles.
Also, just about every cafe or bar scene in my Huey Dusk stories, borrows directly from Hopper.