Although the street is empty and there are no people in this painting, there is evidence of human presence. In the second story windows, each curtain and shade is arranged differently, suggesting that a different person occupies each room. Notice how some of the windows have curtains and others look empty. Imagine who might live in these apartments.
Notice the dark shape at the top right of the painting. When Hopper painted Early Sunday Morning, construction had begun on some nearby high-rise apartment buildings. The shape looms ominously over the storefront block. Think about how Hopper might have felt about the new construction in the neighborhood.
Look at that little fire hydrant with its long shadow. The longest shadows appear early in the morning. Look at your own shadow the next time you wake up early on a sunny day.
Imagine what goes on in this building. The bottom part could be a row of shops. If you’ve ever been to a barber’s shop, you may have seen one of those striped poles. Today they’re usually smaller, the stripes sometimes move, and the short pole is attached to the shop itself.
Y’know what? There are a few patterns in this painting. Look along the row of windows for the pattern of different color shades. See what other patterns you can find.
Hey, what’s that dark square in the top right corner? Could it be a skyscraper?