Loneliness is the theme in this painting. Through the window behind her, the viewer sees the dark night. The creative use of the oil paint gives a light that helps add to the feeling of loneliness.
The chair in front of her where no one is sitting, her fancy green coat and her hat pulled down over her face suggest that this woman is carrying a huge burden.
We get the feeling that the woman is trapped in her own despair.
The woman is wearing a yellow hat, and it represents fear and the blue color at the table also represents sadness. There are a lot of contrasts in the picture such as the dark background and her light skin and clothes.
Hopper’s Automat uses light and shadows to drive the viewer’s eye. The dark corner and the shadows underneath the table bring to the forefront the feeling of sadness the woman evokes. In addition, the woman’s white skin and emotionless face seem to draw in the viewer.
The settings really affect the atmosphere in this picture. The night outside and the dark walls.
You can see that she has only removed one glove, which can either mean that she is busy and can only stop for a moment, or that she has just arrived and has not had it taken off yet.
But the latter is almost unlikely, for there is a small empty plate on the table in front of her cup and saucer, suggesting that she may have eaten a snack and sat in this place for some time.